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How to manually generate SSL certificates for Flynn applications 1

How to manually generate SSL certificates for Flynn applications

For the last few years the flynn team has been working on getting us letsencrypt integration. While I feel the functionally should be here soon, in the meantime we just have to make the requests ourselves

Step 1. Using letsencrypt, perform a manual request

I’m currently using Ubuntu 18.04 so to install is just a matter of

sudo apt install certbot

I’m sure you can figure out how to get it installed if you’re running any other distro.

Now to make the manual request we do

sudo certbot certonly --manual --preferred-challenges dns

This will perform a dns challenge where we set the content of a TXT record in our zone file. In my opinion it is the easiest but you also have the options of http and tls-sni. (See more here

Step 2. Add to Flynn

A. If the route does not already exist in Flynn

sudo flynn -a **my-app-name** route add http \
  -c /etc/letsencrypt/live/**my.domain.com**/fullchain.pem \
  -k /etc/letsencrypt/live/**my.domain.com**/privkey.pem **my.domain.com**

This will add a new route () and apply our certificate and key. We are done.

B. If the route already exists in Flynn

We get the appropriate route id with

flynn -a **my-app-name** route

And we update with

sudo flynn -a **my-app-name** route update \
  **http/my-very-long-route-id-593375844** -s  http  \
  -c /etc/letsencrypt/live/**my.domain.com**/fullchain.pem \
  -k /etc/letsencrypt/live/**my.domain.com**/privkey.pem

Don’t forget to change
1. Your app name (can find with flynn apps)
1. The route ID
2. the path for the cert
4. The path for the and key.

Done, you should now have https on your Flynn site.

Let me know if you have any questions

How to add Flynn to your GitLab CI/CD workflow 0

How to add Flynn to your GitLab CI/CD workflow

Goal: Make GitLab deploy to Flynn

I will assume you already have your .yml setup to build your project. As I will only cover the deploy section.

You also need to have an app created on your Flynn server and any resources already created. If you need help doing this there is great documentation on the official website https://flynn.io/docs/basics to get you initially setup


Either your Flynn cluster add string that you got on first install

flynn cluster add -p <tls pin> <cluster name> <controller domain> <controller key>

or the backup located in ~/.flynnrc

  Name = "default"
  Key = "347skdfh2389hskdfds"
  ControllerURL = "https://controller.my.flynn.site.com"
  DockerPushURL = ""

Step 1. Configure Environment Variables

It is highly recommended that you create environment variables in GitLab for the above variables (Settings > CI/CD > Variables). While you could hard-code them… please don’t.

In this tutorial I will be using the following env mapping.


Note that the FLYNN_CONTROLLER_DOMAIN has thehttps://controller.part removed compared to the~/.flynnrc` file.

Step 2. Update gitlab-ci

In your gitlab-ci.yml file, create a deploy with the following

  type: deploy
  - L=/usr/local/bin/flynn && curl -sSL -A "`uname -sp`" https://dl.flynn.io/cli | zcat >$L && chmod +x $L
  - flynn -a `app-name-staging` remote add
  - git push flynn master
  - master

Replace app-name-staging with the name of your app. You can find it with flynn apps.

Step 3. Commit and Push

At this point we are essentially done. All commits henceforth will be pushed to Flynn.

Issues? Let me know in the comments below.