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Google CloudDNS

This guide explains how to set up an Issuer, or ClusterIssuer, to use Google CloudDNS to solve DNS01 ACME challenges. It's advised you read the DNS01 Challenge Provider page first for a more general understanding of how cert-manager handles DNS01 challenges.

Note: This guide assumes that your cluster is hosted on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and that you already have a domain set up with CloudDNS.

Set up a Service Account

cert-manager needs to be able to add records to CloudDNS in order to solve the DNS01 challenge. To enable this, a GCP service account must be created with the dns.admin role.

Note: For this guide the gcloud command will be used to set up the service account. Ensure that gcloud is using the correct project and zone before entering the commands. These steps could also be completed using the Cloud Console.

$ export PROJECT_ID=myproject-id
$ gcloud iam service-accounts create dns01-solver --display-name "dns01-solver"

Replace both instances of $PROJECT_ID with the ID of your project.

$ gcloud projects add-iam-policy-binding $PROJECT_ID \
--member serviceAccount:dns01-solver@$ \
--role roles/dns.admin

Create a Service Account Secret

To access this service account, cert-manager uses a key stored in a Kubernetes Secret. First, create a key for the service account and download it as a JSON file, then create a Secret from this file.

If you did not create the service account dns01-solver before, you need to create it first.

$ gcloud iam service-accounts create dns01-solver

Replace instances of $PROJECT_ID with the ID of your project.

$ gcloud iam service-accounts keys create key.json \
--iam-account dns01-solver@$
$ kubectl create secret generic clouddns-dns01-solver-svc-acct \

Note: Keep the key file safe and do not share it, as it could be used to gain access to your cloud resources. The key file can be deleted once it has been used to generate the Secret.

Note: If you have already added the Secret but get an error: ...due to error processing: error getting clouddns service account: secret "XXX" not found, the Secret may be in the wrong namespace. If you're configuring a ClusterIssuer, move the Secret to the Cluster Resource Namespace which is cert-manager by default. If you're configuring an Issuer, the Secret should be stored in the same namespace as the Issuer resource.

Create an Issuer That Uses CloudDNS

Next, create an Issuer (or ClusterIssuer) with a clouddns provider. An example Issuer manifest can be seen below with annotations.

kind: Issuer
name: example-issuer
- dns01:
# The ID of the GCP project
project: $PROJECT_ID
# This is the secret used to access the service account
name: clouddns-dns01-solver-svc-acct
key: key.json

For more information about Issuers and ClusterIssuers, see Configuration.

Once an Issuer (or ClusterIssuer) has been created successfully, a Certificate can then be added to verify that everything works.

kind: Certificate
name: example-com
namespace: default
secretName: example-com-tls
# The issuer created previously
name: example-issuer

For more details about Certificates, see Usage.