Automatic certificate generation is one of the best ways to level up your cluster

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Automatic certificate generation sounds too corporate and thus out of reach for the weekend warrior who hosts content on a Kubernetes cluster running on Raspberry Pis. Fortunately, automatic certificate generation is remarkably attainable thanks to Let’s Encrypt. Best of all, anyone who owns a domain name can use Let’s Encrypt to obtain a certificate at no cost.

This guide will use Let’s Encrypt to automatically provision certificates for Ingress resources such that your applications will be accessible over HTTPS from the internet.


  1. A Raspberry Pi cluster.
  2. K3s running on the Raspberry Pi cluster.
  3. Traefik as a provider for Kubernetes Ingress.

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The only cost of entry to this guide is a cluster of Raspberry Pis. This guide will walk you though that.

Installing K3s

The master node is the node that manages the worker nodes of the Kubernetes cluster. I suggest designating the Pi in the top layer of your cluster rack to keep things organized.

SSH into the node that…

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