Using Certbot with Linode-DNS for a Wildcard Certificate

I've been unable to use the documented process for acquiring a wildcard certificate for my domain. Here's the docs for Linode's DNS plugin for Certbot:

The problem is the Linode plugin is not available for Ubuntu in the PPA repository:

This appears to be acknowledged in this LetsEncrypt Community thread, which is over a year old and still has no resolution:

Is there an alternative way to get the Linode DNS plugin so I can use Certbot to install a wildcard certificate on my server?

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Hi @aaronvegh!

@JBF had the same concerns here,

I'm talking to the PPA maintainers now to see if we can get included in the PPA.

Our driver was introduced after the PPA was created, so it wasn't included originally.

Thanks for the response. Any idea how long this might take? Are we talking days, weeks, months… years? It looks like this has been a problem for over a year.

Assuming there's no short-term fix, my question then becomes: is there a manual way to create a wildcard certificate with LetsEncrypt while being hosted on Linode?

@aaronvegh certbot could be manually installed from source, or run via a docker container (which includes all plugins):

Alternatively, you can use lego.

I have some Linode specific usage instructions for that here:


I haven't received a reply from the maintainers yet. Since this is a PPA it shoudn't take much time to change the package.

Lego is exactly what I needed. Thank you very much!

Just wanted to update this to say that certbot-dns-linode still isn't in the repo. :-/


I use for all my cert, works whit linode DNS.

You can snag the package from the debian repository instead and install it with dpkg:

dpkg -i python3-certbot-dns-linode_0.31.0-1_all.deb
apt -f install

(That last line installs any dependencies the package lacks.)

The exact package may change, so look for it here:

This worked for me on Ubuntu 18.04 today.


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