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Tool to manage Lets Encrypt certificates from configuration file

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Let’s Encrypt Certificates Manager (lecm) is an utility that allows one to manage (generate and renew) Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates.


The goal of lecm is to be able to generate and renew Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates automatically.

lecm is configuration driven. Each certificate that needs to be managed is described in the configuration file.


Using pypi

You just need to

$ pip install lecm

Debian-based distro (Debian, Ubuntu, …)

There is an official Debian package for lecm

$ sudo apt-get install lecm

How to run it

lecm is configuration driven. The configuration file is (by order of priority):

  1. The one specified on the command line (lecm --conf /path/to/conf.yml)
  2. The one specified in the environment variable $LECM_CONFIGURATION
  3. The /etc/lecm.conf

lecm supports various commands:


lecm --generate will generate SSL certificates for items listed in the configuration file that are not present in the filesystem.


lecm --renew will renew SSL certificates already present on the filesystem if its expiry date is lower than the remaining_days value.


lecm --force will force the regeneration or renewal of SSL certificates, even if its expiry date is not lower than the remainin_days value.


lecm --list will display basic informations about currently configured items.

+--------- +----------------------------------+---------------+------------------------------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------------------------+------+
|  In Sync |               Item               |     Status    |                          subjectAltName                          |                          Location                         | Days |
+--------- +----------------------------------+---------------+------------------------------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------------------------+------+
|  True    |    |   Generated   |                         |    /etc/letsencrypt/pem/   |  89  |
|  False   | | Not-Generated | DNS;, | /etc/letsencrypt/pem/ | N/A  |


lecm --list-details will display details informations about currently configured items.

+--------- +----------------------------------+---------------+------------------------------------------------------------------+---------------------------+--------------+-----------------------------------------------------------+------+------+--------+------+
|  In Sync |               Item               |     Status    |                          subjectAltName                          |        emailAddress       |  Environment |                          Location                         | Type | Size | Digest | Days |
+--------- +----------------------------------+---------------+------------------------------------------------------------------+---------------------------+--------------+-----------------------------------------------------------+------+------+--------+------+
|  True    |    |   Generated   |                         | |  production  |    /etc/letsencrypt/pem/   | RSA  | 4096 | sha256 |  89  |
|  False   | | Not-Generated | DNS;, | |    staging   | /etc/letsencrypt/pem/ | RSA  | 2048 | sha256 | N/A  |


Every parameters are either applicable globally or within the scope of a certificate. The finest specification wins.

Parameter Scope Default Description
path global, certificate None Folder where will reside all the relevant files
type global, certificate RSA Type of the key to generate (Possible: RSA, DSA)
size global, certificate 4096 Size of the key to generate
digest global, certificate sha256 Digest of the key to generate
version global, certificate 3 Version of the SSL Certificate to generate
subjectAltName global, certificate None subjectAltName value of the Certificate Signing Request (csr)
countryName global, certificate None countryName value of the Certificate Signing Request (csr)
stateOrProvinceName global, certificate None stateOrProvinceName value of the Certificate Signing Request (csr)
localityName global, certificate None localityName value of the Certificate Signing Request (csr)
organizationName global, certificate None organizationName value of the Certificate Signing Request (csr)
organizationalUnitName global, certificate None organizationalUnitName value of the Certificate Signing Request (csr)
commonName global, certificate None commonName value of the Certificate Signing Request (csr)
emailAddress global, certificate None emailAddress value of the Certificate Signing Request (csr)
account_key_name global, certificate account_$fqdn.key Name of the account key to generate
remaining_days global, certificate 10 Number of days of validity below which the SSL Certificate should be renewed
service_name global, certificate httpd Service that needs to be reloaded for the change to be taken in consideration
service_provider global, certificate systemd Service management system (Possible: systemd, sysv)
environment global, certificate production Let’s Encrypt environment to use (Possible: production, staging)

Configuration file example

path: /etc/letsencrypt


More example can be found in the sample/ directory.

Httpd and Nginx

lecm does not configure the webservers, they have to be previously configured to be able to answer the challenges. NOTE: Let’s Encrypt will perform a plain HTTP request to port 80 on your server, so you must serve the challenge files via HTTP. See the HTTP Challenge section of the ACME specification for more details.


Alias /.well-known/acme-challenge /etc/letsencrypt/challenges/
<Directory /etc/letsencrypt/challenges/>
    Require all granted


location /.well-known/acme-challenge/ {
  alias /etc/letsencrypt/challenges/;
  try_files $uri =404;

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