Help with HA in a Docker container and Let's Encrypt

I’ve moved from a Raspberry Pi to running Home Assistant within a Docker container on an Intel NUC, and I’m trying to setup DuckDNS and Let’s Encrypt.

I’ve got DuckDNS working fine (can access HA at, and managed to install Let’s Encrypt and obtain the certificates using the instructions for Docker here
Set up encryption using Let's Encrypt

But I’m now having trouble accessing Home Assistant’s frontend. HA loads fine (a startup notification I setup when HA starts fires), but if I try to access it at ‘’ it shows the ‘connecting’ image and keeps spinning

The certificates have been saved at:


So I'm wondering if the problem is that the certificates are located outside of Docker, and those locations wern't specified as volumes when setting up the Docker container.

I looked at the folder permissions and they’re all set to root:root, and I’m wondering if HA can’t access them because they’re root:root.

If that’s the problem should I change the permissions to my user account on the Intel NUC (jono:jono) or should be set to homeassistant:homeassistant?

Or should I set a different volume in the Docker container where Home Assistant inside Docker can access the certificates?

-v "~/jono/homeassistant/etc/letsencrypt:/etc/letsencrypt" \
-v "~/jono/homeassistant/var/lib/letsencrypt:/var/lib/letsencrypt" \

instead of

-v "/etc/letsencrypt:/etc/letsencrypt" \
-v "/var/lib/letsencrypt:/var/lib/letsencrypt" \

Have a look at Traefik it’s a reverse-proxy and it handles the let’s encrypt certificates and the renewals.


Thanks, I’ll take a look :+1:t3:

Take a look at this thread, i am using traefik and it is working very well:


Thanks, will do!

…I’ve got Home Assistant running with Traefik. Works well, thanks again!

Hi Jono

I have the exact same problem as you did, can you elaborate on how u solved it? I got homeassistant running in a docker container and its looks like it cant see my cert files even tho they are located in the /etc/letsencrypt/live/ directory.

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

Here’s the settings for Docker that worked for me:

docker run -d \
--name=lets-encrypt \
--cap-add=NET_ADMIN \
--restart always \
-v ~/docker/homeassistant_config/lets_encrypt:/config \
-e [email protected] \
-e VALIDATION=http \
-e PUID=1000 \
-e PGID=1000 \
-e TZ=Europe/London \
-p 80:80 \
-p 443:443 \

And here's what I added to configuration.yaml:
  api_password: !secret api_password
  base_url: https://MYDOMAIN.COM
  ssl_certificate: /config/lets_encrypt/etc/letsencrypt/live/MYDOMAIN.COM/fullchain.pem
  ssl_key: /config/lets_encrypt/etc/letsencrypt/live/MYDOMAIN.COM/privkey.pem

I had to add config/ to the beginning of the path for ssl_certificate and ssl_key in order to make it work.