Installing prerequisites for LetsEncrypt Certbot versions 6.X, 7.X and up

I ran into an issue today when I could not install certbot-auto on a Linux machine running CentOS 6.10.

As it turns out that you need to install & enable EPEL package repository in YUM package manager. So basically there is a single prerequisite: EPEL package-repository must be enabled. Although certbot is really handy when it comes to getting a certificate, yet getting a succinct message about the fact that EPEL is not enabled is not as helpful.

The error I got prior enabling the EPEL looked something like this:

Package ca-certificates-2018.2.22-65.1.el6.noarch already installed and latest version
Package python-devel-2.6.6-68.el6_10.x86_64 already installed and latest version
No package python-virtualenv available.
Package python-tools-2.6.6-68.el6_10.x86_64 already installed and latest version
No package python-pip available.
Package 1:mod_ssl-2.2.15-69.el6.centos.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do
Creating virtual environment...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 27, in <module>
  File "<stdin>", line 19, in create_venv
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 185, in check_call
    retcode = call(*popenargs, **kwargs)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 172, in call
    return Popen(*popenargs, **kwargs).wait()
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 394, in _init_
    errread, errwrite)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 1047, in _execute_child
    raise child_exception
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
[root@moment-ext tmp]#

let’s focus on the line with No package python-pip available.. It turns out that python-pip & python-virtualenv are EPEL packages. Let’s fix that!


Install and enable EPEL:

yum update

# Install EPEL
yum install epel-release -y 

# change enabled=0 to enable=1 under [EPEL] section
vim /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo 

Save & Exit the text editor

Update packages:

yum update

Let’s verify that EPEL was enabled:

yum repolist | grep epel

# If grep catches something like:

# epel             Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - x86_64           12,568

# then are good to go

Finally install Let’s Encrypt’s certbot from here

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