Forge supports installing custom SSL certificates and using Let's Encrypt to generate free certificates for your websites.

Let's Encrypt

Let's Encrypt provides free SSL certificates that are recognized across all major browsers.

If you need to install Let's Encrypt for multiple domains, you may separate multiple domains using commas.

Cloning a Let's Encrypt Certificate

Because of the Let's Encrypt renewal process, it is not possible to clone Let's Encrypt certificates to other sites. You should simply issue a new Let's Encrypt certificate for that site.

Renewing Let's Encrypt Certificates

Forge will automatically renew your Let's Encrypt certificates within 21 days or less before expiration. Renewal will take place at a random day and time to avoid overwhelming the Let's Encrypt servers.

If something goes wrong while renewing a certificate, Forge will notify the server owner via email.

Active Subscription Required

You must have an active Laravel Forge subscription in order for your Let's Encrypt certificates to automatically renew.

Wildcard Subdomain Let's Encrypt Certificates

To install a Let's Encrypt certificate with support for wildcard subdomains, you will need to list both the wildcard subdomain and the root domain in your domain list: *.domain.com, domain.com. Let's Encrypt only supports the dns-01 challenge type when issuing wildcard certificates, so you will need to provide API credentials for your DNS provider.

Forge currently supports the following Let's Encrypt wildcard DNS providers:

  • Cloudflare
  • DNSimple
  • DigitalOcean
  • Linode
  • OVH
  • Route53

Cloudflare API Token

If you are using Cloudflare to manage your DNS, your Cloudflare API token must have the Zone.Zone.Read and Zone.DNS.Edit permissions. In addition, the token must have permissions on all zones attached to your Cloudflare account.

Cloudflare Universal SSL Certificates

Cloudflare provides free SSL certificates to all connected domains and all their first-level subdomains. These certificates are automatically enabled on all domains and subdomains that have Cloudflare's proxy functionality enabled. However, if you have multiple nested subdomains (e.g. staging.api.example.com), this universal certificate will not cover those domains and may cause an ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH error. If your application requires multiple nested subdomains, we recommend you disable Cloudflare proxying and use a traditional SSL certificate for your Forge site.

Route53 User Policy

If you are using Route53 to manage your DNS, your IAM user must have the route53:ChangeResourceRecordSets permission on your domain's hosted zone. In addition, the user must have the route53:GetChange and route53:ListHostedZones permissions.

Circle Permissions

You may grant a circle member authority to create and manage SSL certificates by granting the site:manage-ssl permission.