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SSL Certificate / Export your private key

SSL Certificate / Export your private key
Follow the steps below to export your Certificate and Private Key.

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console  > Run mmc.exe


  2. Click the 'Console' menu and then click 'Add/Remove Snap-in'.


  3. Click the 'Add' button and then choose the 'certificates' snap-in and click on 'Add'.


  4. Select 'Certificates' and click 'Add'.



  5. Select 'Computer Account' then click 'Next'.


  6. Select 'Local Computer' and then click 'OK'.


  7. Click 'Close' and then click 'OK'.


  8. Expand the menu for 'Certificates' and click on the 'Personal' folder.


  9. Right click on the certificate that you want to export and select 'All tasks' > 'Export'.


  10. A wizard will appear. Make sure you check the box to include the private key and continue through with this wizard until you have a .PFX file.

Next run OpenSSL to extract the private key, and the cert file
Export the private key file from the pfx file
openssl pkcs12 -in filename.pfx -nocerts -out key.pem
Export the certificate file from the pfx file
openssl pkcs12 -in filename.pfx -clcerts -nokeys -out cert.pem
Remove the passphrase from the private key
openssl rsa -in key.pem -out server.key

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