Letsencrypt for multiple domains on Nginx

I have a Nginx server setup with virtual host. There are many domains are hosted and all the running WordPress websites. Is there any tutorial available to implement Letsencrypt on Nginx virtual host? I want to keep all my website running perfectly. Please share.

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The SSL certificate needs to contain several names, in the SubjectAltName certificate field, for example, you might want to have and domains. Note the SubjectAltName field length is limited, to about 1000 characters IIRC.

If you’re using Let’s Encrypt (as is the case in the nginx tutorial @kamaln7 referred to), then you can generate a SSL certificate for the domains.

sudo letsencrypt certonly -a webroot --webroot-path=/var/www/default/html/ -d -d

Update the /etc/nginx/sites-available/ and /etc/nginx/sites-available/ accordingly. A /etc/nginx/sites-available/default is not need. See the diff:

server {                                                        server {
  listen 80;                                                      listen 80;
  listen [::]:80;                                                 listen [::]:80;
  server_name;                                    |   server_name;
  return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;                    return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;
}                                                               }
server {                                                        server {
  server_name;                                    |   server_name;
  listen 443 ssl http2;                                           listen 443 ssl http2;
  listen [::]:443 ssl http2;                                      listen [::]:443 ssl http2;

  ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/default/fullchain.pem     ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/default/fullchain.pem
  ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/default/privkey.p     ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/default/privkey.p
  include snippets/ssl-params.conf;                               include snippets/ssl-params.conf;
  root /var/www/;                             |   root /var/www/;
  index index.php                                                 index index.php 
  location / {                                                    location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html =404;                          try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html =404;
    autoindex on;                                                   autoindex on;
  }                                                               }
  location ~ /.well-known {                                       location ~ /.well-known {
    allow all;                                                      allow all;
  }                                                               }
  location ~ \.php$ {                                             location ~ \.php$ {
    include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;                              include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
    fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;                       fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
  }                                                               }
}                                                               }

Note the folder that contains the SSL certificates /etc/letsencrypt/live/default/. You may need rename the folders that letsencrypt generated.

I know this is an old post, but if anyone comes and see it @sunapi386 is completely correct with the certonly and the webroot commands. If you are interested on how to do it for multiple domains located in different paths there is a nice example on the certbot user guide


Let’s Encrypt is very simple to set up with Nginx. This tutorial will walk you through all the necessary steps to do that.

It is, however, written for setups where there is only one server block present. So, if you replace /etc/nginx/sites-available/default with the correct path for each server block, you should be fine.

At the end of Step 2, a Diffie-Hellman group is generated. Because it is shared between all server blocks, you only need to perform that step once.