Apache: Generate CSR (Certificate Signing Request)

Follow these instructions to generate a certificate signing request (CSR)

for your Apache Web server. When you have completed generating your CSR,

cut/copy and paste it into the CSR field on the SSL certificate-request page.

To Generate a Certificate Signing Request for Apache 2.x


    Log in to your server's terminal (SSH).

    At the prompt, type the following command:

    openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout yourdomain.key -out yourdomain.csr


    Note: Replace yourdomain with the domain name you're securing.

For example, if your domain name is coolexample.com, you would type

coolexample.key and coolexample.csr.

    Enter the requested information:

        Common Name: The fully-qualified domain name, or URL, you're securing.

        If you are requesting a Wildcard certificate, add an asterisk (*)

to the left of the common name where you want the wildcard, for example


        Organization: The legally-registered name for your business.

If you are enrolling as an individual, enter the certificate requestor's name.

        Organization Unit: If applicable, enter the DBA (doing business as) name.

        City or Locality: Name of the city where your organization is

registered/located. Do not abbreviate.

        State or Province: Name of the state or province where your

organization is located. Do not abbreviate.

        Country: The two-letter International Organization for

Standardization (ISO) format country code for where your organization

is legally registered.


        Note: If you do not want to enter a password for this SSL,

you can leave the Passphrase field blank. However, please understand

there might be additional risks.

    Open the CSR in a text editor and copy all of the text.

    Paste the full CSR into the SSL enrollment form in your account.

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