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How to generate CSR (certificate signing request) with Robo-FTP Server
Robo-FTP Server 3.2.5 and later:
Open the Robo-FTP Server Console to the FTP Menu and then follow these steps:
- Switch to the SSL Options tab
- Mark the Use SSL checkbox
- Click the Create button under the list of certificates
- Enter values in all fields on the Create Certificate window
- Click the Create Signing Request button
After you create the signing request you will be prompted to save a copy to your Windows clipboard. Choose Yes if you want to immediately paste the CSR, for example into an email or web form. Now send the CSR to your Certificate Authority. If you didn't paste it you can export it as a file by right-clicking it in the list on the SSL Options tab and choosing Export Signing Request from the pop-up menu.
When the Certificate Authority returns the certificate to you, return to the SSL Options tab, right-click your CSR in the list and chose Import Signed Certificate from the pop-up menu. Mark the checkbox in the Selected column to begin using your newly signed certificate.
Robo-FTP Server 3.2.4 and previous:
You can use OpenSSL to generate a CSR (certificate signing request) to send to a Certificate Authority.
You can download it from this web page: OpenSSL for Windows.
If you are running 32-bit Windows, then this specific download should work for you: OpenSSL Installer for 32-bit Windows.
Once you have downloaded the installer, launch it by double-clicking on it. Follow the instructions on-screen to complete the installation (accept all the default settings).
You can now create the CSR from a command prompt.
- Click Start | Run..., type
cmd.exeand click OK.
cd C:\OpenSSL\binand hit Enter.
openssl genrsa -out <name of your certificate>.key 2048and hit Enter.
openssl req -new -key <name of your certificate>.key -out <name of your certificate>.csrand hit enter.
You will be prompted to supply details about your organization that will be included in the certificate. Do not specify a passphrase. You should be able to submit the resulting .csr file to request your certificate.
If the Certificate Authority returns the certificate as a .cer file, copy the .key file you created above into the same folder as your certificate and then specify the path to the certificate on the SSL Options tab under the FTP Server menu in the Server Console application. You should now be able to use this SSL certificate for FTPS connections.
If the Certificate Authority returns the certificate as a .pfx file follow these instructions instead.
Article last updated: 2017-11-28
Tags: Robo-FTP Server, CSR, SSL, FTPS