Unfortunately, if you follow the official GitLab instructions how to enable Let’s Encrypt support, you may encounter the following error when rebuilding GitLab:
There was an error running gitlab-ctl reconfigure:
letsencrypt_certificate[yourhost.yourdomain.com] (letsencrypt::http_authorization line 3) had an error: RuntimeError: acme_certificate[staging] (/opt/gitlab/embedded/cookbooks/cache/cookbooks/letsencrypt/resources/certificate.rb line 20) had an error: RuntimeError: [yourhost.yourdomain.com] Validation failed for domain yourhost.yourdomain.com
Running handlers complete
Chef Client failed. 11 resources updated in 11 seconds
Let’s Encrypt is enabled, but external_url is using http
The last line is rather misleading, as the domain validation can apparently also fail if one sets external_url = “https://yourhost.yourdomain.com”
As a workaround, add the following two additional lines to /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb (hat tip to Kai Mindermann and Thomas Jost for the hints):
nginx['redirect_http_to_https_port'] = 80 nginx['redirect_http_to_https'] = true
So, all in all, you need to set in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb:
and add the following lines (adjust the notification e-mail address):
letsencrypt['enable'] = true letsencrypt['contact_emails'] = ['firstname.lastname@example.org'] # optional nginx['redirect_http_to_https_port'] = 80 nginx['redirect_http_to_https'] = true
Make sure that your firewall doesn’t block access to ports 22 (SSH), 80 (HTTP), 443 (HTTPS).
After that, reconfigure GitLab (in a shell):
# gitlab-ctl reconfigure
That’s it! You can now register/login at https://yourhost.yourdomain.com.