Get an email notification when Zimbra TLS certificates are about to expire

In many cases IT staff will have automated TLS certificates so they are renewed and deployed automatically. However sometimes the automation fails or deployments use an additional reverse proxy or web application firewall in front of Zimbra. In the latter case, sometimes the renewal of the Zimbra self-signed certificate is overlooked.

Zimbra (LDAP) requires a TLS certificate that is not expired for continued operation.

In this article you will learn how to set-up a notification email whenever the TLS certificates on Zimbra are about to expire.


On your Zimbra server download the check-expiration script as follows:

wget -O /usr/local/sbin/check-expiration
chmod +x /usr/local/sbin/check-expiration

Then install the script in the Zimbra user crontab as follows:

su - zimbra
crontab -e

Scroll all the way down in the crontab and append under:


The following:

40 * * * * /usr/local/sbin/check-expiration 25

And replace with the email address or distribution list where you want to receive the notification.


Here is a screenshot of a notification email:


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