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Alternatives to OpenSSL: How to graphically create an X.509 Certificate with a private key

There are many ways to generate an X.509 Certificate, including using OpenSSL on the command line. However, mastering the OpenSSL command-line options can be tough for people who only need to create a certificate now and again. If you'd like a free tool which can an X.509 certificate graphically, no command-line needed, then take a look at the Vordel SOAPbox. It's a free download.

Once you download it, here is how to generate a certificate:

1) Go to the Security menu item, then "View Certificates"

2) Click on "Create/Import"

3) Click the "Edit" button and input the various attributes for your certificate (e.g. Common Name, stateOrProvinceName, countryName). Once you're done, press "OK".

4) Press "Sign Certificate" and choose whether you want to Self-Sign the certificate. Note that making a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) isn't an option in SOAPbox so you can either self-sign the certificate or sign it with a local CA certificate.

5) Then press "Export Certificate" to export the certificate as a .pem file. Or press "Export Certificate and Key" to export your certificate along with its private key (but note you'll have to enter a password for this, and remember the password).

Once you've done these five steps, you have your certificate. It's as simple as that.

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.

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