Is there any way to load SSL certificates from a URL?

Francis Daly francis at
Sat May 2 14:13:05 UTC 2015

On Sat, May 02, 2015 at 08:43:25AM +1000, Andrew Stuart wrote:

Hi there,

> Its an embedded system so I don’t have the chance to run anything at boot time/startup - it just goies straight into nginx.

Stock nginx does not load SSL certificates from anything other than
the filesystem.

How you can get the effect that you want, depends on what changes you
can make on your embedded system.

If the nginx-side solution were "include this new module", but you can't
replace the nginx binary, then that solution would not be useful for you.

If you *can* replace the nginx binary, you could conceivably replace it
with a thing which fetches the certificates from the right place and
puts them in the right place, and then runs the "real" nginx binary,
without needing any changes from stock nginx.

Good luck with it,

Francis Daly        francis at

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