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#258 in Cryptography

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crtshmon is a simple tool that does exactly one thing: Fetch CT logs for one or more websites from crt.sh, and display information about certificates not yet seen.

Because crtshmon relies on crt.sh rather than using the upstream CT firehose, it is fast and lightweight.


crtshmon can be used with docker or compatible equivalents:

docker run registry.hub.docker.com/c4k3/crtshmon:latest -d example.com

It can be installed with cargo:

cargo install crtshmon

It can also be built from source using cargo:

cargo build --release

In this case the output will be put into target/release/crtshmon.


crtshmon will check the domains specified with --domain, write information about newly seen certificates to stdout, and then exit. There is no daemon mode available.

crtshmon will show only certificates it hasn't seen yet. It will only show certificates that are not expired.

crtshmon is well-suited for running as a cronjob. If your cron daemon supports sending the output of jobs by email, you can have notifications about new certificates delivered by email. If there are no new certificates crtshmon will exit without writing anything to stdout, meaning you will only be notified when certificates have been issued (assuming your cron daemon skips notifications jobs with no output.)

There is no reason to run crtshmon too frequently (more frequently than hourly, for example.) Inclusion of new certificates into the CT logs is far from instant.

The following options are available:


Specify domains you want to check for with -d/--domain. This option can be repeated multiple times.


crtshmon will only show a certificate once. To track which certificates it has seen, it will write a state file. By default the state file is written to ./crtshmon.json. The directory it is written to (but not the filename) can be changed with the --directory option.

If run inside docker/kubernetes you will want to mount a persistent volume into the container for crtshmon to write its state to. You can mount this directory to /home/crtshmon, in which case you won't have to specify any --directory.


By default crtshmon will output certificate information in a human-readable plaintext format. It can also output information in ndjson format with the --json-log option.


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