Install Certbot, the reference Let's Encrypt client from EFF

Praekelt Foundation



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Version information

  • 0.2.1 (latest)
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.0
released Oct 9th 2018
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 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, 2017.2.x, 2017.1.x, 2016.5.x, 2016.4.x
  • Puppet >= 4.5.0
  • Debian

Start using this module


praekeltfoundation/certbot — version 0.2.1 Oct 9th 2018


Build Status Puppet

Puppet module to manage the EFF's client for Let's Encrypt, Certbot


There are a few Puppet modules out there for Certbot/Let's Encrypt. Why have we written our own one? Other than a lack of maintenance on some of the existing modules, ours differs in that:

  • It installs Certbot from PyPI using pip in a virtualenv so that you can install the latest version
  • It runs Certbot as a non-root user with limited privileges by default
  • It automates all of the steps around enabling HTTPS for an Nginx server with Let's Encrypt certificates


We don't recommend you use this in production just yet for the following reasons:

  • There are no real tests yet
  • We've only used this on Debian 8 (Jessie)
  • We've only used this for webroot-based (http-01) challenges with Nginx and standalone challenges
  • We use some hacky Puppet features (virtual resources) to "auto-magically" set up SSL settings for Nginx servers
  • The code is likely to change substantially


Set up the basics:

class { 'certbot':
  email => 'letsencrypt@example.com',

Set up an Nginx server and certbot::nginx::virtual_server resource:

@nginx::resource::server { 'myserver':
  server_name => ['foo.example.com'],
  proxy       => 'http://localhost:5000/',

certbot::nginx::virtual_server { 'myserver': }

After one Puppet run the certificates should be issued. Run Puppet once more for the certificates to be used.

Note that by default this module will try to install the package 'python-virtualenv'. If this is not desired, pass manage_python => false.