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Configures and manages SSL certificate deployments, restarting services as configured.


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  • 3.0.0 (latest)
  • 2.5.1
  • 2.5.0
  • 2.4.0
  • 2.3.2
  • 2.3.1
  • 2.3.0
  • 2.2.1
  • 2.2.0
  • 2.1.1
  • 2.0.0
  • 1.2.1
  • 1.2.0
  • 1.1.0
  • 1.0.0
  • 0.4.0
  • 0.3.0 (deleted)
  • 0.2.0 (deleted)
  • 0.1.0 (deleted)
released Sep 10th 2021
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x, 2019.8.x, 2019.7.x, 2019.5.x, 2019.4.x, 2019.3.x, 2019.2.x, 2019.1.x, 2019.0.x, 2018.1.x, 2017.3.x
  • Puppet >=5.0.0 < 8.0.0
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Start using this module

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  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'broadinstitute-certs', '3.0.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add broadinstitute-certs
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install broadinstitute-certs --version 3.0.0

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broadinstitute/certs — version 3.0.0 Sep 10th 2021


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Table of Contents


Configures SSL certificates and keys.

Module Description

This module provides SSL certificate files required by Apache or other services via the certs::site define. It can be used in conjunction with puppetlabs/apache's apache::vhost definitions to provide the ssl_cert and ssl_key files or any other service requiring SSL certificates.

It can also be used independent of any Puppet-defined service that requires the files to exist on a managed node.


Setup Requirements

The certificate files must come from an external store. Recommended stores are a site-specific (and private) module containing SSL files or a network-accessible filesystem, such as NFS, that the managed node can access. Once a file store is determined, include at least one certs::site define and specify the file store location as the source_path.

By default, this module will place certificates and keys in their relative locations and restart the specified service, provided it is defined in the catalog.

  • RedHat

    • certificates directory: /etc/pki/tls/certs
    • keys directory: /etc/pki/tls/private
    • service: httpd
  • Debian & Suse

    • certificates directory: /etc/ssl/certs
    • keys directory: /etc/ssl/private
    • service: apache2
  • FreeBSD

    • certificates directory: /usr/local/etc/apache24
    • keys directory: /usr/local/etc/apache24
    • service: apache24
  • Gentoo

    • certificates directory: /etc/ssl/apache2
    • keys directory: /etc/ssl/apache2
    • service: apache2


No trailing slashes should be provided for any paths.


Puppet Forge:

puppet module install broadinstitute-certs


mod 'broadinstitute/certs'


Puppet Manifest


  include certs
  $domain = ''
  certs::site { $domain:
    source_path    => 'puppet:///site_certificates',
    ca_cert        => true,
    ca_name        => 'caname',
    ca_source_path => 'puppet:///ca_certs',

With Hiera


    - certs
      source_path: 'puppet:///site_certificates'
      ca_cert: true
      ca_name: 'caname'
      ca_source_path: 'puppet:///ca_certs'

Resource Chaining with Apache Module


  Certs::Site<| |> -> Apache::Vhost<| |>

Global Defaults

You can also reset some of the settings in params.pp globally via the certs base class which will be inherited by all certs::site defines used that are later defined. In this example, we can reset the default certificate and key paths for all instantiated sites so that we don't have to manually set the custom path in each site:

  $domain1 = ''
  $domain2 = ''

  class { 'certs':
    cert_path => '/path/to/certs',
    key_path  => '/path/to/keys',

  certs::site { $domain1:
    source_path    => 'puppet:///site_certificates',
    ca_cert        => true,
    ca_name        => 'caname',
    ca_source_path => 'puppet:///ca_certs',

  certs::site { $domain2:
    source_path    => 'puppet:///site_certificates',
    ca_cert        => true,
    ca_name        => 'caname',
    ca_source_path => 'puppet:///ca_certs',

Reference (generated with Puppet Strings)


This module is CI tested against open source Puppet on:

  • CentOS 6, 7, 8
  • RHEL 6, 7, 8

This module also provides functions for other distributions and operating systems, such as FreeBSD and Gentoo, but is not formally tested on them and are subject to regressions.


Riccardo Calixte (@rcalixte)

Andrew Teixeira (@coreone)

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