I am following the directions on the following site https://www.godaddy.com/help/install-a-lets-encrypt-ssl-apache-20245

and per this question `sudo: command not found' when following a tutorial for Let's Encrypt

i skipped the sudo and just git cloned the lets encrypt lib onto my shared host godaddy

git clone https://github.com/letsencrypt/letsencrypt

but now when i attempt the command

./letsencrypt-auto --apache -d your domain name

I receive the error

Neither Yum nor DNF found

because its a shared server, i cannot install yum as i am not the root user, is there any way around this?

1 Answer 1


The steps outlined in the GoDaddy link (in the question section) will not work with shared hosting account.

With GoDaddy shared hosting account you don't have root access, which is required by letsencrypt official client.

To workaround this you can use third party letsencrypt client called acme.sh which is advertised as: "Purely written in Shell with no dependencies on python or the official Let's Encrypt client", this allows it to works with shared hosting accounts.

Note that while acme.sh will generate letsencrypt certificate for you, I was unable to install it automatically (through shell scripting), for that I unfortunately use GoDaddy cPanel UI.

Generate letsencrypt certificate.

  1. Install acme.sh following official documentation.

  2. Issue certificates.

    New certificate

    acme.sh --issue -d domain.com -d www.domain.com -w /home/username/www

    Or after 90 days when you have to renew.

    acme.sh --renew -d domain.com -d www.domain.com --force
  3. Install the cert in GoDaddy cPanel.

While not specific for acme.sh, I personally found this guide very helpful. https://isabelcastillo.com/lets-encrypt-ssl-certificate-godaddy-shared-cpanel

You can start from "Part 3: Install The SSL Certificate in Your GoDaddy cPanel Hosting Account"

Alternatively you can try to follow isabelcastillo.com guide and use his tool of choice, though in my experience acme.sh is easier to use.

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