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Solution ID : SO5437

Last Modified : 06/21/2018

How to import a personal certificate into Mozilla Firefox

Problem

Need to import certificates into Mozilla Firefox from a certificate file (*.pfx, *.p7b, *.p12, *.cer, *.cert, *.pem, *.der)

Solution

For Firefox 3.x - 4.x

1. Open Firefox
2. Click The sandwich button   > Options (gear icon) > Advanced (wizard hat) > Certificates tab > View Certificates button > Your certificates tab.
3. Click Import
4. Specify the path where the exported certificate is, select the certificate and click Open.
5.  Enter the master password for the Software Security Device and click OK. 
NOTE:  You may also be asked to provide a Master Password.  This is a Firefox password that you created.  If the master password was lost, refer to SO1241

6. A message will confirm Successfully restored your security certificate(s) and private key(s)

For Firefox 1.x

1. Open Firefox
2.  Click on the orange tab > Options > Options > Advanced > Encryption tab > View Certificates > Your Certificates tab
3. Click Import
4. Navigate to the certificate location, select the certificate and click Open.
5.  Enter the password that was used to encrypt this certificate backup and click OK.
NOTE:  You may also be asked to provide a Master Password.  This is a Firefox password that you created.  If the master password was lost, refer to SO1241

6. A message will confirm Successfully restored your security certificate(s) and private key(s)

Older Versions of Firefox

1. Open Firefox
2. Click Tools > Options > Advanced
3. Scroll down to Certificates and click Manage Certificates
4. Select the Your certificates tab
5. Click Import
6. Specify the path where the exported certificate is, select the certificate and click Open.
7.  Enter the master password for the Software Security Device and click OK.

NOTE:  You may also be asked to provide a Master Password.  This is a Firefox password that you created.  If the master password was lost, refer to SO1241

8. A message will confirm Successfully restored your security certificate(s) and private key(s)


Note: When you are moving a personal certificate from one computer to use on a new computer, you will need the intermediate and root certificates for that personal certificate to function properly.  Do not assume these are exported, use the following links to install them on each computer you import the certificates to:
For ECA Certificates
For Digital ID Certificates