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Version information

  • 2.0.0 (latest)
  • 1.2.0
  • 1.1.1
  • 1.1.0
  • 1.0.0
  • 0.7.0
  • 0.6.2
  • 0.6.1
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  • 0.5.0
released Sep 13th 2022
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.2.x, 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x, 2019.8.x, 2019.7.x, 2019.5.x, 2019.4.x, 2019.3.x, 2019.2.x, 2019.1.x, 2019.0.x
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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'rnelson0-certs', '2.0.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add rnelson0-certs
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install rnelson0-certs --version 2.0.0

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rnelson0/certs — version 2.0.0 Sep 13th 2022


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Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Setup - The basics of getting started with certs
  3. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality


Provides SSL certificate files required by apache and other webservers via the certs::vhost define. These files can then be provided to apache::vhost and other classes that require the files to already exist on a managed node.


Setup Requirements

The certificate files must come from an external store. Recommended stores are a site-specific (and private!) module containing SSL files or a network- accessible filesystem, such as NFS, that the managed node can access.

Beginning with certs

Once a file store is determined, include at least one certs::vhost define and specify the file store location as the source_path. You may optionally specify a target_path if the default location of /etc/ssl/certs is not desired.


No trailing slash should be provided to source_path.

certs::vhost { '':
  source_path => 'puppet:///modules/site_certificates',

Creates /etc/ssl/certs/ and /etc/ssl/certs/ based off of puppet:///site_certificates/ and puppet:///site_certificates/

certs::vhost { '':
  target_path => '/etc/httpd/ssl.d',
  source_path => 'puppet:///modules/site_certificates',

Creates the same crt and key files in /etc/httpd/ssl.d.

Certs::Vhost<| |> -> Apache::Vhost<| |>

If you wish for your certificate and key to go to different paths, you can specify them accordingly. If one or bothof these values are not passed, target_path will be used.

certs::vhost { '':
  crt_target_path => '/etc/pki/certs',
  key_target_path => '/etc/pki/private',
  source_path => 'puppet:///modules/site_certificates',

When providing the certificate files to the apache::vhost or similar classes it is best to ensure they are properly dependent upon the certs::vhost.

To use the vault options, you must have a module that is API compatible with puppet-vault_lookup installed. If you are not using vault, this dependency is optional. Some types of certificates may have been encoded with base64 for compatibility with Vault, you can specify base64_vault_crt to decode this certificate type.

certs::vhost { '':
  target_path      => '/etc/httpd/ssl.d',
  source_path      => '/v1/kv/puppet/ssl',
  vault            => true,
  base64_vault_crt => true,

You can optionally specify file options such as owner and mode by using the file_options variable.

certs::vhost { '':
  target_path  => '/etc/httpd/ssl.d',
  source_path  => 'puppet:///modules/site_certificates',
  file_options => { owner => 'root',
                    group => 'root',
                    mode  => '0644',}