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A CSR is a Certificate Signing Request, this is like a form you present to a Certificate Authority (or CA for short) to obtain a certificate signed by them. It has to include minimal information like your public key and the domain or domains you wish to obtain a certificate for. The Certificate Authority will present you with some challenges to make sure you really own the domain.

A CSR is obtained with the openssl req command

openssl req -new

If you already have a private/public key pair, supply your private key with the -key option

openssl req -new -key private.key

Don't forget to add the -out option if you don't want to copy/paste the certificate from the console to where it should belong

openssl req -new -key private.key -out form.csr

the openssl req program will guide you through a series of questions to fill out your certificate request form and generate one for you.


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