Manually install an SSL certificate on my Apache server (CentOS)
After your certificate request is approved, you can download your certificate from the SSL manager and install it on your Apache server. If your server is running Ubuntu instead of CentOS, please see Manually install an SSL certificate on my Apache server (Ubuntu).
- Find the directory on your server where certificate and key files are stored, then upload your intermediate certificate (
gd_bundle.crtor similar) and primary certificate (
.crtfile with randomized name) into that folder.
- For security, you should make these files readable by root only.
- On default configurations, you can find a file named
- If you have configured your server differently, you may be able to find the file with the following command:
grep -i -r "SSLCertificateFile" /etc/httpd/
/etc/httpd/may be replaced with the base directory of your Apache installation.
httpd.conffile, find the <VirtualHost> block.
<VirtualHost xxx.xxx.x.x:443> DocumentRoot /var/www/coolexample ServerName coolexample.com www.coolexample.com SSLEngine on SSLCertificateFile /path/to/coolexample.crt SSLCertificateKeyFile /path/to/privatekey.key SSLCertificateChainFile /path/to/intermediate.crt </VirtualHost>
- Don't forget the added 443 port at the end of your server IP.
- DocumentRoot and ServerName should match your original <VirtualHost> block.
- The remaining/path/to/... file locations can be replaced with your custom directory and file names.
Warning: The Apache service will not start again if your config files have syntax errors.
- Use our Certificate Checker to confirm the SSL is installed.
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