I can't delete my certificate because it's associated with an invisible cloudfront distribution

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I have a certificate in AWS Certificate manager that I would like to delete (I need to recreate it to include a root domain). When I try to delete it, I get an error saying that it is associated with a Cloudfront distribution and cannot be deleted. However, in Cloudfront, I have no distributions listed. How can dissociate the certificate from the resource?

I found a similar question and looked for API Gateway resources. I found one and it had a custom domain name similar to the certificate. I've deleted both the custom domain and the API Gateway and they're no longer listed in API Gateway interface, but I'm still not able to delete the certificate because it's associated with this unknown cloudfront resource. Enter image description here Enter image description here

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After some time passed, I was able to delete the certificate. It seems that deleting the API Gateway was indeed the cause of the error, and it simply needed some additional time to pass after deletion before I could delete the associated certificate.

ben
answered 4 months ago
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Hello Ben,

From your question I have understood that you are unable to find an ACM certificate and the associations with it. You were correct that to delete a certificate that is in use, you must first remove the certificate association. This can be done using the console or CLI for the associated service. I will link a general guide below: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/acm/latest/userguide/gs-acm-delete.html

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answered 4 months ago
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Yep API GW edge-optimised APIs are accessed through a CloudFront distribution you don't own - it's in an AWS-managed account. It will use your cert though as you've seen. "aws apigateway get-domain-names" can be used to see the distribution domain names.

answered 4 months ago

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