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Install GeoTrust Certificate on Apache (TrialSSL and QuickSSL Premium)


Install GeoTrust Trial and QuickSSL Premium Certificate on Apache


To install your GeoTrust Domain Validated (DV) certificate on Apache, follow the instructions below:

This document provides instructions for installing GeoTrust DV Certificates. If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, GeoTrust recommends that you contact either the vendor of your software or an organization that supports Apache-SSL.

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Step 1: Obtain the GeoTrust DV CA Certificate

a) Download the GeoTrust Intermediate CA Certificate from this solution.

Note: Be sure to use Vi or Notepad, other programs may add additional characters and make the certificate unuseble.

b) Copy and paste the GeoTrust DV CA into a text file and save as "intermediate.crt".

Step 2: Install the GeoTrust DV Certificate

1. Download your certificate as per the instruction on the following solution:


2. To follow the naming convention for Apache, rename the certificate filename with the .crt extension. For example: public.crt

3. Copy your Certificate into the directory that you will be using to hold your certificates. In For example: /usr/local/ssl/crt/.

Step 3: Configure the Server

1. In order to use the key pair, the httpd.conf file will need to be updated.

2. In the Virtual Host settings for your site locate the httpd.conf file. Verify that you have the following 3 directives within this Virtual Host. Please add them if they are not present:

SSLCertificateFile /usr/local/ssl/crt/public.crt

SSLCertificateKeyFile /usr/local/ssl/private/private.key

SSLCertificateChainFile /usr/local/ssl/crt/intermediate.crt

The first directive tells Apache how to find the Certificate File, the second one where the private key is located, and the third line the location of the intermediate certificate.

If you are using a different location and certificate file names than the example above (which most likely you are) you will need to change the path and filename to reflect your server.

Note: Some instances of Apache contain both a httpd.conf and ssl.conf file. Please enter or amend the httpd.conf or the ssl.conf with the above directives. Do not enter both as there will be a conflict and Apache may not start.

1. Save your httpd.conf file and restart Apache. You can most likely do so by using the apachectl script:

apachectl stop

apachectl startssl

2. You should now be set to start using your GeoTrust certificate with your Apache server.