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letsencrypt [SUBCOMMAND] [options] [-d domain] [-d domain] ...

The Let's Encrypt agent can obtain and install HTTPS/TLS/SSL certificates. By
default, it will attempt to use a webserver both for obtaining and installing
the cert. Major SUBCOMMANDS are:

(default) run Obtain & install a cert in your current webserver
certonly Obtain cert, but do not install it (aka "auth")
install Install a previously obtained cert in a server
renew Renew previously obtained certs that are near expiry
revoke Revoke a previously obtained certificate
rollback Rollback server configuration changes made during install
config_changes Show changes made to server config during installation
plugins Display information about installed plugins

optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
config file path (default: None)
-v, --verbose This flag can be used multiple times to incrementally
increase the verbosity of output, e.g. -vvv. (default:
-t, --text Use the text output instead of the curses UI.
(default: False)
-n, --non-interactive, --noninteractive
Run without ever asking for user input. This may
require additional command line flags; the client will
try to explain which ones are required if it finds one
missing (default: False)
--dry-run Perform a test run of the client, obtaining test
(invalid) certs but not saving them to disk. This can
currently only be used with the 'certonly' subcommand.
(default: False)
Specifying this flag enables registering an account
with no email address. This is strongly discouraged,
because in the event of key loss or account compromise
you will irrevocably lose access to your account. You
will also be unable to receive notice about impending
expiration or revocation of your certificates. Updates
to the Subscriber Agreement will still affect you, and
will be effective 14 days after posting an update to
the web site. (default: False)
-m EMAIL, --email EMAIL
Email used for registration and recovery contact.
(default: None)
-d DOMAIN, --domains DOMAIN, --domain DOMAIN
Domain names to apply. For multiple domains you can
use multiple -d flags or enter a comma separated list
of domains as a parameter. (default: [])
--user-agent USER_AGENT
Set a custom user agent string for the client. User
agent strings allow the CA to collect high level
statistics about success rates by OS and plugin. If
you wish to hide your server OS version from the Let's
Encrypt server, set this to "". (default: None)

Arguments for automating execution & other tweaks

--keep-until-expiring, --keep, --reinstall
If the requested cert matches an existing cert, always
keep the existing one until it is due for renewal (for
the 'run' subcommand this means reinstall the existing
cert) (default: False)
--expand If an existing cert covers some subset of the
requested names, always expand and replace it with the
additional names. (default: False)
--version show program's version number and exit
--force-renewal, --renew-by-default
If a certificate already exists for the requested
domains, renew it now, regardless of whether it is
near expiry. (Often --keep-until-expiring is more
appropriate). Also implies --expand. (default: False)
--agree-tos Agree to the Let's Encrypt Subscriber Agreement
(default: False)
--account ACCOUNT_ID Account ID to use (default: None)
--duplicate Allow making a certificate lineage that duplicates an
existing one (both can be renewed in parallel)
(default: False)
--os-packages-only (letsencrypt-auto only) install OS package
dependencies and then stop (default: False)
--no-self-upgrade (letsencrypt-auto only) prevent the letsencrypt-auto
script from upgrading itself to newer released
versions (default: False)

The following flags are meant for testing purposes only! Do NOT change
them, unless you really know what you're doing!

--debug Show tracebacks in case of errors, and allow
letsencrypt-auto execution on experimental platforms
(default: False)
--no-verify-ssl Disable SSL certificate verification. (default: False)
--tls-sni-01-port TLS_SNI_01_PORT
Port number to perform tls-sni-01 challenge. Boulder
in testing mode defaults to 5001. (default: 443)
--http-01-port HTTP01_PORT
Port used in the SimpleHttp challenge. (default: 80)
--break-my-certs Be willing to replace or renew valid certs with
invalid (testing/staging) certs (default: False)
--test-cert, --staging
Use the staging server to obtain test (invalid) certs;
equivalent to --server https://acme-
staging.api.letsencrypt.org/directory (default: False)

Security parameters & server settings

--rsa-key-size N Size of the RSA key. (default: 2048)
--redirect Automatically redirect all HTTP traffic to HTTPS for
the newly authenticated vhost. (default: None)
--no-redirect Do not automatically redirect all HTTP traffic to
HTTPS for the newly authenticated vhost. (default:
--hsts Add the Strict-Transport-Security header to every HTTP
response. Forcing browser to use always use SSL for
the domain. Defends against SSL Stripping. (default:
--no-hsts Do not automatically add the Strict-Transport-Security
header to every HTTP response. (default: False)
--uir Add the "Content-Security-Policy: upgrade-insecure-
requests" header to every HTTP response. Forcing the
browser to use https:// for every http:// resource.
(default: None)
--no-uir Do not automatically set the "Content-Security-Policy:
upgrade-insecure-requests" header to every HTTP
response. (default: None)
--strict-permissions Require that all configuration files are owned by the
current user; only needed if your config is somewhere
unsafe like /tmp/ (default: False)

The 'renew' subcommand will attempt to renew all certificates (or more
precisely, certificate lineages) you have previously obtained if they are
close to expiry, and print a summary of the results. By default, 'renew'
will reuse the options used to create obtain or most recently successfully
renew each certificate lineage. You can try it with `--dry-run` first. For
more fine-grained control, you can renew individual lineages with the
`certonly` subcommand.

Options for modifying how a cert is obtained

--csr CSR Path to a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in DER
format; note that the .csr file *must* contain a
Subject Alternative Name field for each domain you
want certified. Currently --csr only works with the
'certonly' subcommand' (default: None)

Options for modifying how a cert is deployed

Options for revocation of certs

Options for reverting config changes

--checkpoints N Revert configuration N number of checkpoints.
(default: 1)

Plugin options

--init Initialize plugins. (default: False)
--prepare Initialize and prepare plugins. (default: False)
--authenticators Limit to authenticator plugins only. (default: None)
--installers Limit to installer plugins only. (default: None)

Arguments changing execution paths & servers

--cert-path CERT_PATH
Path to where cert is saved (with auth --csr),
installed from or revoked. (default: None)
--key-path KEY_PATH Path to private key for cert installation or
revocation (if account key is missing) (default: None)
--fullchain-path FULLCHAIN_PATH
Accompanying path to a full certificate chain (cert
plus chain). (default: None)
--chain-path CHAIN_PATH
Accompanying path to a certificate chain. (default:
--config-dir CONFIG_DIR
Configuration directory. (default: /etc/letsencrypt)
--work-dir WORK_DIR Working directory. (default: /var/lib/letsencrypt)
--logs-dir LOGS_DIR Logs directory. (default: /var/log/letsencrypt)
--server SERVER ACME Directory Resource URI. (default:

Let's Encrypt client supports an extensible plugins architecture. See
'letsencrypt plugins' for a list of all installed plugins and their names.
You can force a particular plugin by setting options provided below.
Running --help <plugin_name> will list flags specific to that plugin.

Authenticator plugin name. (default: None)
Installer plugin name (also used to find domains).
(default: None)
--configurator CONFIGURATOR
Name of the plugin that is both an authenticator and
an installer. Should not be used together with
--authenticator or --installer. (default: None)
--apache Obtain and install certs using Apache (default: False)
--nginx Obtain and install certs using Nginx (default: False)
--standalone Obtain certs using a "standalone" webserver. (default:
--manual Provide laborious manual instructions for obtaining a
cert (default: False)
--webroot Obtain certs by placing files in a webroot directory.
(default: False)

Webroot Authenticator

-w WEBROOT_PATH, --webroot-path WEBROOT_PATH
public_html / webroot path. This can be specified
multiple times to handle different domains; each
domain will have the webroot path that preceded it.
For instance: `-w /var/www/example -d example.com -d
www.example.com -w /var/www/thing -d thing.net -d
m.thing.net` (default: [])
--webroot-map WEBROOT_MAP
JSON dictionary mapping domains to webroot paths; this
implies -d for each entry. You may need to escape this
from your shell. E.g.: --webroot-map
'{"eg1.is,m.eg1.is":"/www/eg1/", "eg2.is":"/www/eg2"}'
This option is merged with, but takes precedence over,
-w / -d entries. At present, if you put webroot-map in
a config file, it needs to be on a single line, like:
webroot-map = {"example.com":"/var/www"}. (default:

Null Installer

Manually configure an HTTP server

--manual-test-mode Test mode. Executes the manual command in subprocess.
(default: False)
Automatically allows public IP logging. (default:

Automatically use a temporary webserver

--standalone-supported-challenges STANDALONE_SUPPORTED_CHALLENGES
Supported challenges. Preferred in the order they are
listed. (default: tls-sni-01,http-01)

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