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Generating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)


Please follow these instructions to generate a certificate signing request (CSR) for your domain within Bravenet.

  1. Open up your servers SSH terminal. For information on how to access your account via SSH, please click here.
  2. Once you have a terminal window/prompt open; please type in the following command:
    openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout yourdomain.key -out yourdomain.csr
     Replace yourdomain with the domain name you're securing. For example, if your domain name is myawesomesite.com, you would type myawesomesite.key and myawesomesite.csr.
  3. 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 *.myawesomesite.com.
    • 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.
    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.
  4. Open the CSR in a text editor and copy/paste all contents of the CSR into the required fields of your SSL's CA (Certificate Authority) to generate a SSL certificate.