How to install Let's Encrypt to my droplet with dockerized spring boot app?

Hello everybody,

I created a droplet (Docker 5:19.03.1~3 on 18.04). I pulled my docker image from docker hub and run it. My docker image contains a Spring boot application. (tomcat embedded). It’s working nice but I want to add https (Let’s encrypt) to my page. I found some documents, tutorials but everybody talks about nginx & apache. Can someone please help me to install https to my spring boot (embedded tomcat) application on my droplet (Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS bionic) The page is up and running now and I will keep it running while fixing this if possible.

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I follow the instructions but having problems. Let me tell you about my process. I just created a new droplet (Docker 5:19.03.1~3 on 18.04). Then I opened an SSH into my droplet. Logged in as root. I run the command to pull and run my docker image from the docker hub. I logged in my Godaddy account and updated A record to pointing my new droplet. At this point, when I browse into everything works just fine.

Now, In my ssh console I ran the command in the current folder (root):

git clone

Inside newly-created certbot folder, I ran

./certbot-auto certonly -a standalone -d -d

I get this error after this command:

Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
Plugins selected: Authenticator standalone, Installer None
Obtaining a new certificate
Performing the following challenges:
http-01 challenge for
http-01 challenge for
Cleaning up challenges
Problem binding to port 80: Could not bind to IPv4 or IPv6.

I run this command to run my docker image:

docker run -d -p 80:8080 myusername/myproject:latest

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I would suggest checking this answer here.

What they are suggesting is the following:

  • Get the certbot from here:

  • Generate a certificate for your domain:
./certbot-auto certonly -a standalone -d -d
  • The SSL would be stored at /etc/letsencrypt/live/ Spring Boot expects PKCS#12 formatted file. So t convert the certificate you could do the following:

  • Go to the /etc/letsencrypt/live/ directory.

openssl pkcs12 -export -in fullchain.pem -inkey privkey.pem -out keystore.p12 -name tomcat -CAfile chain.pem -caname root
  • The file keystore.p12 with PKCS12 is now generated in /etc/letsencrypt/live/

  • Then you have to configure your Spring Boot app. In your file and put the following properties there:


I would recommend going through the two original articles as well:

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby