2.0.3 • Public • Published

WeDeploy LetsEncrypt

Simple Node.js library and CLI to manage Let's Encrypt certificates


$ npm i --save wedeploy-letsencrypt

If you prefer to install it globally and use the CLI, use the following command:

$ npm i -g wedeploy-letsencrypt

Then, the command wel should be available in PATH. Run wel --help for more information about the available options.


Using as CLI

$ wel <cmd> [args]

  certonly  Issue/renew certificate(s)
  renew     Renew certificate(s)

  --help         Show help                                                                                     [boolean]
  -v, --version  Show version number                                                                           [boolean]

The options for certonly and renew commands are the same and they are:

  --help                Show help                                                                              [boolean]
  --account-key-path    Path to privkey.pem to use for account (default: generate new)                          [string]
  --agree-tos           Agree to the Let's Encrypt Subscriber Agreement.                                      [required]
  --cert-path           Path to where new cert.pem is saved.    [string] [default: ":configDir/live/:hostname/cert.pem"]
  --chain-path          Path to where new chain.pem is saved.  [string] [default: ":configDir/live/:hostname/chain.pem"]
  --config-dir          Configuration directory.                                [string] [default: "~/letsencrypt/etc/"]
  --debug               Show traces and logs.                                                 [boolean] [default: false]
  --domains             Domain names to apply. For multiple domains use space separated list of domains as a parameter.
                                                                                                      [array] [required]
  --domain-key-path     Path to privkey.pem to use for domain (default: generate new)                           [string]
  --duplicate           Allow getting a certificate that duplicates an existing one/is an early renewal.
                                                                                              [boolean] [default: false]
  --email               Email used for registration and recovery contact.                            [string] [required]
  --fullchain-path      Path to where new fullchain.pem (cert + chain) is saved.
                                                           [string] [default: ":configDir/live/:hostname/fullchain.pem"]
  --http-01-port        Use HTTP-01 challenge type with this port.                                [number] [default: 80]
  --key-fullchain-path  Path to where key + fullchain.pem is saved.
                                                        [string] [default: ":configDir/live/:hostname/keyfullchain.pem"]
  --renew-within        Renew certificates this many days before expiry.                           [number] [default: 7]
  --rsa-key-size        Size (in bits) of the RSA key.                                          [number] [default: 2048]
  --server              ACME Directory Resource URI. Default: staging server. Use "production" to connect to the
                        production server.      [string] [choices: "",
                         "", "staging", "production"] [default: "staging"]
  --webroot-path        public_html / webroot path.                               [string] [default: "/var/lib/haproxy"]
  -v, --version         Show version number                                                                    [boolean]

To issue a certificate for a domain, you may use the following command:

$ wel certonly --agree-tos --domains --email --config-dir ~/cfg-dir --server staging --webroot-path /var/lib/haproxy

The command will validate the and using HTTP challenge and register or renew a certificate for it. The server (HAProxy for example) should be able to serve files from /var/lib/haproxy directory.

To renew a certificate for a domain, you may use the following command:

$ wel renew --agree-tos --domains --email --config-dir ~/cfg-dir --server staging --webroot-path /var/lib/haproxy

If --duplicate is not specified and there is no certificate to be renewed, an exception will be thrown with a code property which value will be E_NOT_RENEWABLE.

Using as API

In an application, require WeDeploy Let's Encrypt implementation and call generateCertificate method, passing configuration options as properties of an object. The function returns a Promise, which will be fulfilled with the registered certificates. The certificates will be stored to the configuration directory (configDir property) already. The list of available options are the same as those, which could be specified from the command line, but in camelCase. For example, agree-tos should become agreeTos and rsa-key-size should become rsaKeySize.

Example code for generating a certificate:

const LetsEncrypt = require('wedeploy-letsencrypt');
  .then((certs) => {
    console.log('Got certificate(s) for', certs.altnames.join(''));
  .catch((error) => {

Example code for renewing a certificate:

const LetsEncrypt = require('wedeploy-letsencrypt');
  .then((certs) => {
    console.log('Got certificate(s) for', certs.altnames.join(''));
  .catch((error) => {


$ npm test


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