FreeKB - OpenSSL Create ECDSA public certificate
OpenSSL - Create ECDSA public certificate

A trusted certificate is one that is purchased from a trusted certificate authority (CA), such as Internet facing production applications should use a certificate from a trusted CA. For non-production applications, a self-signed certificate can be used.  Applications, such as a web browser, will complain when a self-signed certificate is used.



Use  apt-get or yum to install OpenSSL.

~]# apt-get install openssl
~]# yum install openssl


Private key

This assumes you've already created a private key, such as If not, refer to our article on creating a private key.



Create an ECDSA certificate.

~]# openssl req -x509 -new -key /etc/pki/tls/private/ec_private.key -out /etc/pki/tls/certs/ec_certificate.crt


There will be a series of prompts.

Area Example Description
Password myPassword Password
Country Name US United States
State/Province FL Florida
Locality Name Miami City
Organization Name Example, Inc. Company name
Organization Unit Name Example, Inc. Company name
Common Name Domain name
Email Address Admin email


View the content of the ec_certificate.crt file and ensure BEGIN CERTIFCATE is displayed.

~]# cat /etc/pki/tls/certs/certificate.crt


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