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I want to use Let's Encrypt to create a certificate for my website. I have the client installed locally on my dev machine and would like to generate the cert and move it.

For stand-alone webserver installation, the Let's Encrypt documentation says I must specify the path to the web root. But that path doesn't exist locally.

Is it possible to generate the cert locally? Or should I attempt to install let's encrypt on the host?

  • Indeed. Thank you. Can you copy this into an answer please? – Synesso Mar 9 '16 at 0:19
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LE needs to connect to the IP your domain points to in order to completes its challenge/response domain verification. In order for this to work, you'll need to modify your DNS to point to your Dev server, which I would guess you'd like to avoid doing? :)

  • Technically, LE supports DNS based challenge/response now which wouldn't necessarily require repointing the web server's DNS record. serverfault.com/questions/750902/… – Ryan Bolger Mar 9 '16 at 1:00
  • Ahh, interesting. I knew this was in the works, but hadn't heard that it was implemented yet. – EEAA Mar 9 '16 at 1:01
  • Yeah, it's still pretty darn new. – Ryan Bolger Mar 9 '16 at 1:02

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