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I'm basically trying to setup my local website with SSL. All I need to do is certify it, but couldn't find a free way to do it. Most websites, like GoDaddy for instance, charge to certify your website.

Anyway can Ido this for free?


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You can use the sites mentioned in the answers, but it has to be a valid registered domain. You can't use a private domain. –  user33870 Nov 20 '13 at 4:15
possible duplicate of How to get a free signed secure certificate? –  William D. Edwards Apr 28 at 8:01

3 Answers 3

When I want test a SSL connection with a website I use openssl

  1. Generate the key

    openssl genrsa -out server.key 1024

  2. Generate csr file

    openssl req -new -key server.key -out server.csr

  3. Generate the certificate

    openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out server.crt

And now you can use with Apache


Cacert issues free certificates.


Yes, you can generate one yourself but visitors will get a warning when visiting your website.

There are also a few companies who offer free SSL certificates: try StartSSL.