How to Install an SSL Certificate

After you create your CSR, purchase your certificate, and the SSL Certificate validation and processing are complete, you are ready to install your SSL Certificate(s).

Your certificate will be provided via email or will be available to download in your DigiCert Management Console. The SSL Certificate is a text file with encrypted data that your server will use once the certificate is installed.

Before you begin the installation, we recommend that you make a backup of the certificate and store it in a safe place. This makes re-securing your server much easier if your server crashes.

In addition to your SSL Certificate, you will need to download two more certificates. These are known as intermediate certificates and are required by browsers so that they know to trust your SSL Certificate. The intermediate certificates link to DigiCert’s root certificate. Registered Certificate Authorities like DigiCert must provide a known root certificate before their SSL Certificate will be trusted by SSL-enabled applications (learn more about the role of root certificates). Note that for some servers (such as Microsoft) the intermediate certificates are bundled with the SSL Certificate.

Once you have your certificate installed, we recommend that you check that everything is working correctly using our free SSL Installation Diagnostics tool. Or for an easy way to find all the certificates on your network, use our SSL Certificate Discovery Tool.

Common Platforms & Operating Systems

NOTE: To remain secure, certificates must use keys which are at least 2048 bits in length. If your server platform can't generate a CSR with a 2048-bit key, please contact us. See this article for more information.

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