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How do I update the SSL certificate when it's due to expire?

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Using the tutorial above for Cloudflare, how do I go about updating the SSL certificate before it expires? Is there a way to set it up to automatically renew 30 days prior to expiration?

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When I first asked this question, I was misunderstanding the situation I was in. I had received an email saying my Let’s Encrypt certificate was about to expire for my website. I forgot that I had originally followed the Let’s Encrypt tutorial before setting up Cloudflare. Now that I’m using the certificate through Cloudflare, I don’t think my certificate is expiring. Since I’m not using Let’s Encrypt, I can let that one expire. It looks like my Cloudflare certificate is good for a long time still, and I’m guessing it may renew automatically when the time comes.


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Hi @jpvonoy,

I recommend using Certbot. Certbot will install a free Let’s Encrypt certificate and will actually help you auto-update it. DigitalOcean have a pretty good tutorial that will help you do exactly that :

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-nginx-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-20-04

Alternatively, if you want to use Cloudflare’s SSLs you can check the following article: How-do-I-add-SSL-to-my-site-cloudflare

You can install certbot and use it to automatically renew the SSL certificate. certbot official website