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Another beta account :D I applied for letsencrypt and got accepted for their closed beta :D Maybe the reason I got accepted was my special domain: I think it is very likely that I am the only .koeln letsencrypt user so far.

Setting up letsencrypt was pretty easy and generally works as described:

git clone
  cd letsencrypt
  ./letsencrypt-auto --agree-dev-preview --server \ auth

letsencrypt-auto will automatically install the required libraries via brew (on the mac). My local brew had some problems but after updating and brew doctor everything worked smoothely. Afterwards a little cli ui will guide you through the registration process and ultimately it will generate a little Jose content which you have to place on your webserver at the location indicated. It MUST be served using "application/jose+json".

Make sure your web server displays the following content at before continuing:

{"header": {"alg": "RS256", "jwk": {"e": "AQAB", "kty": "RSA", "n": .........}}}

Content-Type header MUST be set to application/jose+json.

Apache Content-Types

Uberspace is hosting everything via apache. So to serve the file with the correct Content-Type you need to configure it properly. To do this I placed a .htaccess in the directory where I placed the Jose+JSON file:

<Files "the filename of the jose+json file">
ForceType 'application/jose+json'

I verified that everything is correctly set up using Postman but cURL works as well. Finally press ENTER and if everything worked it will generate a proper certificate and key:

 - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at
   /etc/letsencrypt/live/ Your cert will
   expire on 2016-01-23. To obtain a new version of the certificate in
   the future, simply run Let's Encrypt again.

Setting up uberspace

So far letsencrypt has provided us with a directory providing everything we need to set up HTTPS on our uberspace host:

hans-guenther:tmp mop$ sudo ls -al /etc/letsencrypt/live/
total 32
drwxr-xr-x  6 root  wheel  204 25 Okt 09:37 .
drwx------  3 root  wheel  102 25 Okt 09:37 ..
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel   33 25 Okt 09:37 cert.pem -> ../../archive/
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel   34 25 Okt 09:37 chain.pem -> ../../archive/
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel   38 25 Okt 09:37 fullchain.pem -> ../../archive/
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel   36 25 Okt 09:37 privkey.pem -> ../../archive/

Note that they are only readable for root (for good reason. These files are absolutely sensible. If an attacker gets hold of these files he can decrypt everything).

SCP/SFTP the privkey and the fullchain file to a PRIVATE location (i.e. your home directory and NOT somewhere on your webserver) on your uberspace host.

Run the following commands to prepare everything for the uberspace guys:

[mop@host ~]$ wget ""
[mop@host ~]$ uberspace-prepare-certificate -c -k -i lets-encrypt-x1-cross-signed.pem 

Let's check the files...
Key is okay...
Certificate is okay...
Certificate matches key...
All good!

Feel free to mail to, please include the following information:

uberspace-import-ssl-cert -u mop -c /home/mop/.tls-certs/

Even though the intermediate certificate is an optional argument it is required for this command to work. I initially omitted the intermediate certificate (because I didn't really know what it is ;) ) and caused some extra work for the uberspace guys. But as always they were very friendly and helped out :)

Mail the above output to the uberspace guys and finally you should have https support just like me: :D