Setting up SSL with Shinobi Video using Let’s Encrypt and Certbot

This help text was compiled using Ubuntu 16.04 server LTS

Install Shinobi using the online documentation

Become a super user

sudo su

Make sure your distribution is up to date

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

First change the login email address and password for the super user in super.json

Create an md5 hash of your password

echo -n 'password' | md5sum

Copy the result and edit the super.json file replacing the email and password with your info.

cd /home/user/Shinboi
nano super.json

Ctrl O, Enter to Save and Ctrl X to exit

Install certbot

apt-get update
apt-get install software-properties-common
add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
apt-get update
apt-get install certbot

Setup the folder structure you are going to use for certbot

cd /home/user/Shinobi
mkdir certs
cd /home/user/Shinobi/web
mkdir -p .well-known/acme-challenge

Generate the certificate

certbot certonly --webroot -w /home/user/Shinobi/web -d --cert-path /home/user/Shinobi/certs --key-path /home/user/Shinobi/certs --fullchain-path /home/user/Shinobi/certs --chain-path /home/user/Shinobi/certs

Edit the Shinobi super configuration file to turn on SSL

nano conf.json

"port": 80,
"addStorage": [
"name": "second",
"path": "__DIR__/videos2"
"db": {
"host": "",
"user": "majesticflame",
"password": "",
"database": "ccio",
"port": 3306
"mail": {
"service": "gmail",
"auth": {
"user": "",
"pass": "your_password_or_app_specific_password"
"ssl": {
"key": "/home/user/Shinobi/certs/privkey.pem",
"cert": "/home/user/Shinobi/certs/cert.pem",
"port": 443
"cron": {
"key": "change_this_to_something_very_random__just_anything_other_than_this"
"pluginKeys": {
"Motion": "change_this_to_something_very_random____make_sure_to_match__/plugins/motion/conf.json",
"OpenCV": "change_this_to_something_very_random____make_sure_to_match__/plugins/opencv/conf.json",
"OpenALPR": "SomeOpenALPRkeySoPeopleDontMessWithYourShinobi"

Ctrl O, Enter to Save and Ctrl X to exit

Edit the Shinobi configuration file to add a static refernce to the .well-known folder

nano cameras.js

Hit Ctrl W, type //pages followed by enter to search for //pages

make it look like the below by adding this line of text – app.use('/.well-known',express.static(__dirname + '/web/.well-known'));

app.enable('trust proxy');
app.use('/libs',express.static(__dirname + '/web/libs'));
app.use('/.well-known',express.static(__dirname + '/web/.well-known'));

Ctrl O, Enter to save and Ctrl X to quit

Restart Shinobi

pm2 start camera.js
pm2 start cron.js