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Let’s Encrypt supports wildcard certificates (e.g.
*.example.com) with their
ACMEv2 infrastructure. A wildcard certificate will work for any hostname inside
a given domain, which helps with handling certificates for multiple domains.
Unrelated to ACME, but wildcard certificates in general: A wildcard
only helps for one level of subdomains. For example,
will work for
host.example.com but will NOT work for
host.sub.example.com. If hosts are structured in this way, a wildcard
certificate is required for each sub zone, e.g.
Wildcard validation requires a DNS-based method and works similar to
validating a regular domain. For example, to get a certificate for
*.example.com, the package updates a TXT record in DNS the same as it would
example.com, which means the DNS record (and potentially key name) would
To obtain a wildcard certificate, follow the same procedures as other DNS validation methods, with the following differences:
The Account Key must be registered with an ACME v2 server (staging for testing, or production)
The Domain SAN list should contain entries for the base domain (e.g.
example.comand the wildcard version of the same domain (e.g.
*.example.com. The settings will be the same for both entries.
For DNS-NSupdate / RFC 2136: Set the Key Name to the base domain (
example.com) for both entries.