Setting Up SSL in my droplet

Posted March 11, 2020 11.2k views

I am trying to setup an development environment where i need LAMP stack with ssl. I created a droplet. Used one click LAMP installation and setup basic server then mapped that droplet to a subdomain ( by creating a A record (This domain is being managed at another service).

Now i have to enable https in this setup where i did follow this link to set up Lets Encrypt SSL.

That also successfully happened and got the certificate files generated here: /etc/letsencrypt/live/

I also restarted the apache after this point. Now i have no clue how to proceed further how to enable working.

  • I did add this certification details to ‘Security->Certificates->Add Certificate->Bring Your Own Cerificate’ option in digital ocean login. * I tried looking for httpd.conf file to see if i can modify any setting to enable this. This droplet has ubuntu and i could not find any such file.

Now what is it exactly i need to do to enable https working in this droplet ? I am new to all this… so kind of very confused. Someone kindly help.

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Hi there @sjranjan,

As you already have Apache installed I would recommend following the steps from this tutorial here on how to secure Apache with Let’s Encrypt rather than the stand-alone tutorial:

This would be the better approach as this would automatically configure your Apache service to use the new SSL by creating a virtual host for your site.

Hope that this helps!

by Kathleen Juell
by Erika Heidi
Let's Encrypt is a Certificate Authority (CA) that provides an easy way to obtain and install free TLS/SSL certificates, thereby enabling encrypted HTTPS on web servers. In this tutorial, you will use Certbot to obtain a free SSL certificate for Apache on Ubuntu 18.04 and set up your certificate to renew automatically.