I'm running my Django application on Digital Ocean with Ubuntu 16.04/Nginx/Gunicorn. I issued a (SSL?) certificate by running the following command:

sudo certbot --authenticator webroot --webroot-path /home/user/app --installer nginx -d aaa.com -d www.aaa.com

however I now want to change my domain from aaa.com to bbb.com. How do I keep my certificate for my new domain? When I ran the command to issue the certificate, I assume it created various files such as the directory .well-known - and also added code in my Nginx conf. So do I simply run the same command again, with the new domain in?

sudo certbot --authenticator webroot --webroot-path /home/user/app --installer nginx -d bbb.com -d www.bbb.com

or do I just change the current code and replace it with the new domain? E.g. my Nginx conf looks like this:

ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/aaa.com/fullchain.pem; # 
managed by Ce$
ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/aaa.com/privkey.pem; # managed by $
include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf; # managed by Certbot
ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem; # managed by Certbot

I've already changed:

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name bbb.com www.bbb.com;
    location = /favicon.ico { access_log off; log_not_found off; }
    location /static/ {
        root /home/user/app;

to my new domain bbb.com.

Advice appreciated.

1 Answer 1


According to this link, you can re-use your first command line, changing the host names and adding --force-renewal.

Example, for your case : sudo certbot --authenticator webroot --webroot-path /home/user/app --installer nginx -d bbb.com -d www.bbb.com --force-renewal

  • I re-used the command like you said and it worked but I didn't include the --force-renewal - what should I do to ensure it auto renews at the end of the year?
    – Zorgan
    Feb 27, 2018 at 9:52
  • let's encrypt certificate are only valid for 90 days! You should have a look at the documentation to (certbot.eff.org/#ubuntuxenial-nginx) to setup automatic renewal.
    – pim
    Feb 27, 2018 at 10:07
  • But couldn't I just redo the same command with the --force-renewal at the end?
    – Zorgan
    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:08
  • If your certificates for the new names are done, there is no need for --force-renewal. In any case, they are valid for 90 days.
    – pim
    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:45
  • Just went through your link and set up auto-renewal. Thanks!
    – Zorgan
    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:49

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