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Configure TLS on Kubernetes

This page provides steps to configure TLS for your Appsmith deployment using a free Let's Encrypt certificate.


Configure TLS (HTTPS) with Let's Encrypt


If you see permission errors when running these commands on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), refer to the official cert-manager documentation on how to elevate your permissions.

Follow these steps to configure TLS:

  1. Get the LoadBalancer hostname with:
kubectl get svc --namespace ingress-nginx ingress-nginx-controller  -o jsonpath="{.status.loadBalancer.ingress[0].hostname}"
  1. Confirm that you can access your Appsmith instance by browsing the hostname.

  2. Create a CNAME record for the LoadBalancer hostname in your DNS configuration.

  3. Add the repository with:

helm repo add jetstack
  1. Create a namespace for cert-manager with:
kubectl create namespace cert-manager
  1. Create custom resource definitions with:
kubectl apply --validate=false -f
  1. Create a ClusterIssuer resource for Let's Encrypt certificates. Create a file with the below content. Replace the <EMAIL_ADDRESS> placeholder with a valid email address. Save the file as letsencrypt-appsmith.yaml.
kind: ClusterIssuer
name: letsencrypt-appsmith
name: letsencrypt-appsmith
- http01:
class: nginx
  1. Apply the changes to the cluster with:
kubectl apply -f letsencrypt-appsmith.yaml
  1. Install cert-manager and set up Let's Encrypt as the default Certificate Authority (CA) with:
helm install cert-manager --namespace cert-manager jetstack/cert-manager --version v1.5.3
  1. Install Appsmith with integration to Ingress and cert-manager.

You can use the helm upgrade command to update your Appsmith installation in one of two ways:

  • Use the below command to update Appsmith using Helm parameters. In this command, replace <DOMAIN> with your domain name.

      helm upgrade appsmith appsmith/appsmith \
    --set service.type=ClusterIP \
    --set ingress.enabled=true \
    --set ingress.tls=true \
    --set ingress.certManager=true \
    --set ingress.annotations."cert-manager\.io/cluster-issuer"=letsencrypt-appsmith \
    --set ingress.hosts[0].host=<DOMAIN> \
    --set ingress.certManagerTls[0].hosts[0]=<DOMAIN> \
    --set ingress.certManagerTls[0].secretName=letsencrypt-appsmith
    --set ingress.className=nginx
  • Or use `values.yaml file to update parameters. Follow these steps to update:

    1. Open the values.yaml file and make the necessary changes to the parameters as shown below:
    enabled: true
    annotations: "letsencrypt-appsmith"
    - host:
    tls: true
    secrets: []
    certManager: true
    - hosts:
    secretName: letsencrypt-appsmith
    className: "nginx"
    1. Run the below command once the parameter values are updated:
    helm upgrade -i appsmith -f values.yaml appsmith appsmith/appsmith

You can now access Appsmith via a secure TLS connection with a valid Let's Encrypt certificate. Verify this by opening the site in a browser.


If you are facing issues during deployment, please refer to the guide on troubleshooting deployment errors.

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