Nginx Proxy Manager VS acme-dns

Compare Nginx Proxy Manager vs acme-dns and see what are their differences.

Nginx Proxy Manager

Docker container for managing Nginx proxy hosts with a simple, powerful interface (by NginxProxyManager)


Limited DNS server with RESTful HTTP API to handle ACME DNS challenges easily and securely. (by joohoi)
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Nginx Proxy Manager acme-dns
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13,791 1,668
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6.0 3.9
5 days ago 8 days ago
JavaScript Go
MIT License MIT License
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Nginx Proxy Manager

Posts with mentions or reviews of Nginx Proxy Manager. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-04.


Posts with mentions or reviews of acme-dns. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-29.
  • I've created a solution for managing internal domains, how do I selfhost this more?
    2 projects | /r/selfhosted | 29 May 2023
    As someone else said, it’s a huge pain to run your own dns services. However, if you want some separation, I recently saw
  • LeGo CertHub v0.9.0 with Docker Support
    13 projects | /r/selfhosted | 13 May 2023
    v0.9.1 is out and natively supports both and any dns provider available in
    13 projects | /r/selfhosted | 13 May 2023
    What DNS challenge providers are supported? Specifically, is acme-dns ( supported?
  • How do you deal with SSL certs management?
    3 projects | /r/networking | 24 Apr 2023
    I have set up an acme-dns server to answer ACME DNS Challenges:
  • How to configure and use acme-dns?
    3 projects | /r/selfhosted | 22 Mar 2023
    Wanting to set up acme-dns for acquiring wildcard certificates. I have a decent understanding of DNS and Let's Encrypt (at least HTTP validation), but there are a few things I don't quite understand after having read the instructions. Can't really find any sort of support channel.
    3 projects | /r/selfhosted | 22 Mar 2023
  • What is a good alternative if port 80 is blocked?
    2 projects | /r/selfhosted | 9 Feb 2023
    The DNS challenge can be easily automated using - you do need an IP you can run a DNS server on though.
  • Did Manjaro just forget to renew the SSL certificate?
    8 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 17 Aug 2022
    b) If you have a fairly static IP, you can setup an acme-dns instance
    8 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 17 Aug 2022
    It's a bit more involved, but you can set up wildcard certificates to update automatically. Certbot has some pre-made plugins for this for several DNS providers. If yours is not on that list, there's a tool called acme-dns which is a minimal DNS server you can run on your server and delegate to. If you don't want to run that on your own, you can also use the publicly hosted server/API for it.
  • Reverse proxy for internally hosted services
    4 projects | /r/selfhosted | 17 Jun 2022
    In case you're not already familiar with it: one thing I'd recommend is using to obtain the certificates. You basically just point the subdomain you need wildcard certs for at that DNS server (a one time thing, ie you don't have to do this every three months), and the related tool can get the certificates in a nice, automated, way without you ever having to expose the private reverse proxy to the Internet.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Nginx Proxy Manager and acme-dns you can also consider the following projects:

traefik - The Cloud Native Application Proxy

docker-swag - Nginx webserver and reverse proxy with php support and a built-in Certbot (Let's Encrypt) client. It also contains fail2ban for intrusion prevention.

socks5-proxy-server - SOCKS5 proxy server

docker-pi-hole - Pi-hole in a docker container

bunkerweb - 🛡️ Make your web services secure by default !

caddy-docker - Source for the official Caddy v2 Docker Image

frp - A fast reverse proxy to help you expose a local server behind a NAT or firewall to the internet.

authelia - The Single Sign-On Multi-Factor portal for web apps

homer - A very simple static homepage for your server.

crowdsec - CrowdSec - the open-source and participative IPS able to analyze visitor behavior & provide an adapted response to all kinds of attacks. It also leverages the crowd power to generate a global CTI database to protect the user network.

uptime-kuma - A fancy self-hosted monitoring tool

vaultwarden - Unofficial Bitwarden compatible server written in Rust, formerly known as bitwarden_rs