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CSR Generation for SSL Certificates

After purchasing, the next step in the SSL process is to generate your order and submit a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) to the issuing Certificate Authority (CA) for processing. A CSR is simply encoded text that is created on your web server and contains information about the SSL certificate requester. This information includes, but is not limited to, the domain name for the certificate (referred to as a “Common Name”) which may require special formatting, the organization name, and a contact email for the certificate. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to generate a CSR on the most common web servers and hosting platforms:

Amazon EC2 (AWS)

Apache Open SSL

Citrix Secure Gateway

cPanel 11.x (Paper Lantern Theme-Modern)

F5 BIG IP (version 8 and under)

F5 BIG IP (version 9)

Jetty Java HTTPS Servlet Web Server


Mac OS Keychain Access

Mac OS X El Capitan (v.10.11)

Media Temple (GRID)

Microsoft Exchange 2007

Microsoft Exchange 2010

Microsoft Exchange 2013

Microsoft Exchange 2016

Microsoft IIS 5 & 6

Microsoft IIS 7

Microsoft IIS 8

Microsoft IIS 10

Microsoft Office Communications 2007

Nginx (OpenSSL)

Odin (Plesk v.11, 12, & 12.5)

Plesk 10


Web Host Manager (WHM)


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