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How to Download & Export a Code Signing Certificate In Firefox

Export a Code Signing Certificate In Firefox

After validation is finished, the issuing Certificate Authority (CA) will send the certificate via email to the certificate requester. Using Firefox as your browser and the same PC which generated the order, follow the “pick-up” or “collection” link in the email and initiate the downloading process. The in-browser script will automatically pull the previously stored private key from the browser’s file system and install it in your Certificate Manager folder.

Now, to receive the actual certificate, you must export the certificate and private key and save it to your PC/desktop as a PFX (.p12) file. Follow the detailed instructions below to navigate through the export process in Firefox

Note: This article also applies to e-mail signing certificates.

1. Open Firefox

Open Firefox.

2. Open the Menu

Navigate to the Menu, then click Options.

On Mac, Options is called Preferences:

3. Select Privacy & Security

Select the Privacy & Security tab.

4. Select the Certificate or Encryption tab

Scroll down to the Certificates section and click View Certificates.

5. Select the Your Certificates tab

Click Your Certificates tab and select your Certificate Name

Firefox Step5

6. Click Backup All…

Click Backup All… and select OK

Firefox Step6

7. Save your certificate as a .pfx file

Name your Certificate and save it as a PKCS12 (.p12 or .pfx) file

Firefox Step7

8. Enter your password

Enter your Certificate backup password and click OK

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9. Click OK

Click OK and you’ve successfully backed up your certificate and private key(s).

Firefox Step9

Once the code signing certificate and private key are bundled together in a PFX (.p12) file, you can finally proceed with signing your application using the appropriate signing tool (reference our Code Signing Instructions for assistance) or send it to your developer(s) for completion.

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