This tutorial helps you to install the Let’s Encrypt client on CentOS 8 Linux system.


Before installing Certbot on CentOS 8, You must fulfill:

A CentOS 8 Linux system with sudo user access. Apache (HTTP) web server with virtual host configured with a domain. Domain or sub-domain must be pointed to web server IP address.

Step 1 – Enabling EPEL Repo

The EPEL repository contains updated certbot packages for the rpm-based systems. You’ll need to enable the EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository on your system using the following commands:

Step 2 – Installing Certbot

Certbot is available as an RPM package for the installation on CentOS 8 system. You can install it directory from the EPEL repository, which you already have enabled on your system. Open a terminal and execute below command to install certbot:

Step 3 – Request a New SSL Certificate

Now, You can request SSL certificates from Let’s encrypt based on the webserver. In all of the above cases, the domain must be pointed to your server from DNS. Also, ensure that /.well-known/acme-challenge are served by the webserver.

Step 4 – Test SSL Setup

Once the SSL certificate is installed on the web server, visit in a web browser and look for the SSL lock icon in the URL bar. You can also do a security scan for the SSL setup on

Step 5 – Renew Existing SSL Certificate

All the certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt are valid for 3 months only. It allows you to renew a certificate before 30 days or less of expiry. The Certbot utility allows you to renew SSL with a single command line. You can also schedule this in a cronjob. Run the below command to renew all the certificates on that system. You can also do a dry run without the actual renewal of the certificate. With this, you can verify if SSL renewal will work if scheduled with a cronjob.


In this tutorial, you have learned to install certbot on CentOS 8 Linux system. Also helped you to create new certificates for your web servers.

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