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How to Generate a CSR for Mac OS X El Capitan

The following instructions will guide you through the CSR generation process on Mac OS X El Capitan (v.10.11). To learn more about CSRs and the importance of your private key, reference our Overview of Certificate Signing Request article. If you already generated the CSR and received your trusted SSL certificate, reference our SSL Installation Instructions and disregard the steps below.

1. Launch the Mac OS X El Capitan (v.10.11) Server App.

2. Navigate to the server settings

From the Finder window, under Favorites, select Applications and then Server.Mac OS Step2

3. Determine where Certificate will be installed

From the Server App window, under Choose a Mac, select one of the following options to determine where to create the CSR and install the SSL certificate once issued.

  • To make a CSR on the current server:
    • Click This Mac – YourServerName and click Continue.
    • Enter the Administrator Name and Password and click Allow.
  • To make a CSR on another server:
    • Click Other Mac – YourOtherServerName and click Continue.

4. Enter your Host Name and IP Address.

5. Enter the Administrator Name and Password and click Allow.

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6. From the Server App window, under Server, click Certificates. Mac OS Step4

7. In the Certificates page, click + (at the bottom) and select Get a Trusted Certificate…Mac OS Step5

8. Click Next on the Get a Trusted Certificate page.Mac OS Step6

8. Enter CSR Details

Enter your CSR details and click Next.Mac OS Step7

Note:To avoid common mistakes when filling out your CSR details, reference our Overview of Certificate Signing Request article.

9. Click Save and then Finish. Mac OS Step8

Note: Make sure you remember the filename and file path where the CSR was saved.

10. Generate the order

Locate and open the newly created CSR from the specified location you choose in a text editor such as Notepad and copy all the text including:

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----
And
-----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----

Return to the Generation Form on our website and paste the entire CSR into the blank text box and continue with completing the generation process.

Upon generating your CSR, your order will enter the validation process with the issuing Certificate Authority (CA) and require the certificate requester to complete some form of validation depending on the certificate purchased. For information regarding the different levels of the validation process and how to satisfy the industry requirements, reference our validation articles.

After you complete the validation process and receive the trusted SSL Certificate from the issuing Certificate Authority (CA), proceed with the next step using our SSL Installation Instructions for Mac OS X El Capitan (v.10.11).

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