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Short Description
Container to obtain Let's Encrypt certificates using a user-supplied DNS hook.
Full Description

Let's Encrypt Generic DNS Service

This container uses dehydrated
to automatically obtain SSL certs from Let's Encrypt.

You need to provide a hook that will perform DNS updates on your domains.
If you use a cloud DNS provider, you're probably better off using

Multiple domains, as well as SANs, are supported. Certificates will be
renewed automatically, and obtained automatically as soon as new domains
are added.


Accepting Let's Encrypt's terms

In order to issue certificates with Let's Encrypt, you must agree to the
Let's Encrypt terms of service. You can do this by running the command
/dehydrated --register --accept-terms from within the container.

For ease of automation, you can define the ACCEPT_CA_TERMS env var
(with any non-empty value) to automatically accept the terms. Be warned
that doing so will automatically accept any future changes to the terms
of service.

Defining domains

The container defines one volume at /letsencrypt, and expects there to be
a list of domains in /letsencrypt/domains.txt. Certificates are output to

domains.txt should contain one line per certificate. If you want alternate
names on the cert, these should be listed after the primary domain. e.g.

This will request two certificates: one for with a SAN of, and a separate one for

The container uses inotify to monitor the domains.txt file for changes,
so you can update it while the container is running and changes will be
automatically applied.


To verify that you own the domain, a TXT record needs to be automatically
created for it. For this container, you must provide a hook that can do
the update. See the documentation for
dehydrated for details
on the arguments it takes.

The container expects an executable at /dns/hook, so you'll need to
mount the /dns folder or /dns/hook file when running the container.

Other configuration

For testing purposes, you can set the STAGING environment variable to
a non-empty value. This will use the Let's Encrypt staging server, which
has much more relaxed limits.

You should pass in a contact e-mail address by setting the EMAIL env var.
This is passed on to Let's Encrypt, and may be used for important service

By default this container uses Eliptic Curve keys. You can override this
behaviour by setting the ALGORITHM environment variable. Dehydrated
supports the following algorithms: rsa, prime256v1 and secp384r1.


Here's a full worked example:

# The directory we'll use to store the domain list and certificates.
# You could use a docker volume instead.
mkdir /tmp/letsencrypt
echo "" > /tmp/letsencrypt/domains.txt

docker run -d --restart=always \
  -e "" \
  -e "STAGING=true" \
  -v /tmp/letsencrypt:/letsencrypt \
  -v /home/user/my-dns-script:/dns \
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