Use Let’s Encrypt on Ubiquiti Unifi 5.10 on Ubuntu

I pulled together a few scripts and sites and found a simpler path to get Let’s Encrypt working on the Unifi Controller.


  • Port 443 opened on the box
  • Unifi 5.10 or newer. May work on older installs but no guarantees.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 or newer. May work with older installs but no guarantees.

Now the quick how-to:

After connecting to the server via SSH, run the following:

cp ./ /etc/letsencrypt/renewal-hooks/post/ 
chmod o+x /etc/letsencrypt/renewal-hooks/post/  
chmod o+x ./certbot-auto 
./certbot-auto certonly 

If prompted to enter any information, use option 1 to setup a temporary web server for the challenge and enter your unifi.domain.tld hostname (this must have a DNS record that is available external to your network.

This should get you going, now we just need to schedule the renewal of the certificate on a monthly basis. To do this, we’ll do the following:

Open Crontab with crontab -e

enter this line:

0 0 1 * * ./certbot-auto renew

Save Crontab and you should be ready to go.