Ahmad Awais



Reissue Cloudflare SSL Certificate Manually

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Just now, I was banging my head on the table trying to figure out how to renew or manually reissue a new free SSL certificate for a domain on Cloudflare. TBH, it’s not obvious in the docs.

Reissue Cloudflare SSL Certificate Manually

Here goes nothing โ€ฆ

How to renew or reissue a free SSL Certificate from Cloudflare in ten minutes!#

  1. Go to your domain on Cloudflare
  2. Head over to the SSL โฏ Edge Certificates
  3. Way down there, [Disable Universal SSL]
  4. Go ahead and do this; expect 10 minutes of downtime
  5. Wait for 10 minutes or so โ€” and then, surprise surprise
  6. Go ahead and [Enable Universal SSL]


How can I verify this worked?#

Two ways, really. First, at the top on the same page, in the `Edge Certificates` section, note when the SSL will expire. When you re-enable universal SSL, this area will show pending verification and, in a bit, will show you the new SSL with an expiration date three months from now (or later than the previous SSL expiration date).

Second way? If you’re like me, I have a fancy shell function to check the SSL info of a domain. Looks like this:

# Check SSL info of a domain
ssl() {
	if [ -z "$1" ]; then
		echo "Usage: ssl <domain>"
		return 1


	echo | openssl s_client -servername $domain -connect $domain:443 2>/dev/null | openssl x509 -noout -text

Now all you have to do is check ssl example.com and you can find the ‘Not After’ date. Or do a grep with ssl example.com | grep 'Not After'.

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Founder & CEO at Langbase.com โ€” Ship composable hyper-personalized Al apps in seconds ยท Ex VP DevRel Eng. Rapid ยท Google Developers Advisory Board (gDAB) founding member. ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป AI/ML/DevTools Angel Investor โฏ AI/ML Advisory Board member San Francisco, DevNetwork

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๐ŸŒณ Node.js foundation Community Committee Outreach Lead, Member Linux Foundation, OpenAPI Business Governing Board, and DigitalOcean Navigator. ๐Ÿ“Ÿ Teaching thousands of developers Node.js CLI Automation (100 videos ยท 22 Projects) & VSCode.pro course. Over 142 million views, 24 yrs Blogging, 108K developers learning, 200+ FOSS.

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โœจ As quoted by: Satya Nadella ยท CEO of Microsoft โ€” Awais is an awesome example for developers.
๐Ÿ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade ๐Ÿ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) โฏ Read more about Ahmad Awais.

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