Finnian's blog

Software Engineer based in New Zealand

SSL with Docker Swarm, Let's Encrypt and Nginx

Deploying to Docker swarm with Nginx and SSL, courtesy of Let's Encrypt. Learn how to setup certificates, Nginx, a compose file, automatic renewal and more!

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A couple of weeks ago, Let’s Encrypt announced that support for wildcard certificates was coming in Jan 2018 which got me and my devops friends very excited. Currently with LE, you have to specify all the domains (including www) you want to include in the certificate which is really annoying. With wildcard certificates, this limitation will be gone and you’ll be able to create one certificate for all the different subdomains. 🙌

How does my stuff work?

See how I deploy my code to squeeze as much performance out of them as possible using technologies like Nginx, Docker and Node.js.

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I have a bit of a complex set up with all my sites and services, mainly due to using a multitude of different tools and languages to deploy different things. Currently, I have one main OVH server which most of my stuff is hosted on, including different database engines, Node.js and PHP apps.

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Do you use git to manage your site and or server files? In my opinion, this is undoubtably a good way to run things but you need to make sure it’s secure. Just try going to If you haven’t secured your server properly, you will see the configuration file for your git repository. Not good, huh? Not only could an attacker reveal lots of information about your code base including where the upstream server is, I believe they could possibly get the entire source.…

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