Configuring OwnTrack to work With letsencrypt

21 March 2016

These are some notes on getting OwnTracks to work with LetsEncrypt.

Install mosquitto (MQTT Broker) and create a username password combination.

apt install mosquitto mosquitto-clients
mosquitto_passwd -c /etc/mosquitto/passwd <username>

Using the letsencrypt client generate certs only as standalone.

./letsencrypt-auto certonly --standalone -d <domain>

Navigate to /etc/letsencrypt/live/ and copy them to mosquitto.

cp chain.pem /etc/mosquitto/certs/
cp cert.pem /etc/mosquitto/certs/
cat {privkey,fullchain}.pem >> /etc/mosquitto/certs/keyfile.pem

In the mosquitto.conf add the following lines.

cafile /etc/mosquitto/certs/chain.pem
certfile /etc/mosquitto/certs/cert.pem
keyfile /etc/mosquitto/certs/keyfile.pem
password_file /etc/mosquitto/passwd

You might want some more logging or to listen on an alternative port (default on debian was 1883) man mosquitto.conf.

Check it works by subscribbing to the events using:

mosquitto_sub -h localhost -p 1883 -v -t 'owntracks/#'

And manually sending an event with:

mosquitto_pub -h xconf.net -p 1883 -t 'owntracks/test' -m 'hello' -u <username> -P <securepassword>

You can add the Android application using the built in CA certificates as it is verified with letsencrypt.