If you need to configure a subdomain for each Blocklet, and they are all under the same second-level domain name. Then you can generate wildcard certificates for these subdomains. For example, if the second-level domain names of our Blocklets are all arcblockio.cn, then we can generate a certificate with the domain name *.arcblockio.cn.

This article describes how to use Certbot and Alibaba Cloud DNS to generate a Let’s Encrypt’s wildcard certificate in CentOS.


*.arcblockio.cn will only match domain names like this:

  • a.arcblockio.cn
  • b.arcblockio.cn

Will not match domain names like these:

  • c.a.arcblockio.cn
  • d.a.arcblockio.cn

Install Certbot

Because there is no Alibaba Cloud DNS in the official plugin list of Certbot, only certbot is installed here, and DNS needs to be configured manually.

sudo yum install certbot

Installation methods for other platforms can be found on Official Website.

Manually generate a certificate

We choose to generate a separate certificate instead of directly binding to the web service, so we need to specify certonly and --manual on the command line:

1. Execute the command

sudo certbot certonly --manual -d'*.arcblockio.cn' -d arcblockio.cn --preferred-challenges dns-01 --server https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/directory
  • -d: Two values ​​are specified here: *.arcblockio.cn, arcblockio.cn, if only *.arcblockio.cn is set, then the domain name www.arcblockio.cn will not take effect
  • --preferred-challenges: process domain name authentication using dns
  • --server: Let's Encrypt's production server is used by default. If it is a test and there are more certificates generated, you can use this parameter to specify the test server: --server https://acme-staging-v02 .api.letsencrypt.org/directory

2. Enter the email address to receive updates and security notifications


3. Agree to the agreement

Need to agree to some agreements:


4. Verify domain name

Certbot will ask to configure two TXT records on the DNS server:

verify dns

You can use the host command to verify that the record is valid:

dns txt record

After the DNS record takes effect, press the Confirm button to confirm the generation of the certificate.

Alibaba Cloud DNS resolution cannot add multiple values ​​to a record, so you can only add two identical TXT records (\acme-challenge.arcblockio.cn)_

5. Generate Certificate

The generated certificate is placed in the /etc/letsencrypt/live/[domain name] directory:


6. Example: Configure certificate in Nginx

server {
    server_name abtnode.arcblockio.cn;
    listen 443 http2 ssl;
    ssl on;
    ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/arcblockio.cn/fullchain.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/arcblockio.cn/privkey.pem;

    location / {