I have no idea what to do // open-source ssl reset

Posted April 24, 2017 1.9k views
SecurityUbuntu 16.04

Hi.... I have no idea what I’m doing here.

Just a few days ago we started getting an SSL warning which I am absolutely unable to resolve myself nor do I know anyone familiar enough with DigitalOcean to navigate this issue.. :|

I was told by the original developer of the website that there was an open-source SSL that was suppose to auto-renew based on a timer but for whatever reason this didn’t happen and he said that the timer just needed to be manually reset using some sort of command line in the console, but I am clueless as to how to do this. Can someone help? :|

Thank you!

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Hi @tommydale1234567

Please run this command on the server:

crontab -l


sudo crontab -l

This will show if there is anything listed in your crontab (the task manager of Linux)


Without knowing more about what was setup, my guess would be that they setup either certbot or Let’s Encrypt on your server and the CRON is either failing, or isn’t correct.

If nothing shows in the commands provided by @hansen , try running:

letsencrypt --help


certbot --help

The command that responds in this case would be the one that is installed. From there, we can then help get the certificate renewed if it needs to be.


Do you have any Control Panel installed on this Droplet or just plain server. As per control panel the provider might vary, on plain server it either certbot or Let’s Encrypt.

You need to check exactly what is installed to provision the opensource SSL.