SSL: What is a CSR and how do I create one?

A certificate signing request (CSR) is one of the first steps towards getting your own SSL/TLS certificate. Generated on the same server you plan to install the certificate on, the CSR contains information (e.g. common name, organization, country) the Certificate Authority (CA) will use to create your certificate. It also contains the public key that will be included in your certificate and is signed with the corresponding private key.

Generating the CSR will depend on the platform you’re using. Contact your hosting provider for assistance with generating your CSR. Alternatively, you can generate the private key and CSR with us.

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