Generate a CSR and Install an SSL/TLS Certificate on Salesforce Classic and Lightning Experience

This how-to will walk you through generating a certificate signing request (CSR) and installing an SSL/TLS certificate on Salesforce Classic or Lightning Experience.

Generate Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in Salesforce

  1. Go to the Salesforce Setup menu, then enter “certificate” and “key management” in the Quick Find/Search field.
  2. Select Certificate and Key Management.
  3. Select Create a CA-Signed Certificate.
  4. Enter a descriptive label for your certificate.
  5. Enter a unique name for the certificate, or accept the pre-populated one. The unique name must:
    • Contain only underscores and alphanumeric characters
    • Be unique in your organization
    • Begin with a letter
    • Not include spaces
    • Not end with an underscore
    • Not contain two consecutive underscores
  6. Select a key size or 2048 or 4096 bits. The default is 2048.
  7. Enter the following information to be included in your CSR. Note that only the Common Name field is required by when submitting your CSR.
    • Common Name: The Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) this certificate will protect (required)
    • Email Address: An email address to be associated with the certificate (optional)
    • Company: Your company or organization (optional)
    • Department: The departmental or divisional name for your company or organization (optional)
    • City: The city where your company or organization is located (optional)
    • State: The state or province where your company or organization is located (optional)
    • Country Code: The two-character abbreviation for your country (optional)
  8. Click Save. A cryptographic key pair and CSR will be generated and saved.
  9. Find your certificate in the certificates list, and click Download Certificate Signing Request. The filename will end with .csr.
  10. Open the CSR in a text editor when you are ready to submit it to for signing. CSR submission is included in’s how-to, Ordering and Retrieving SSL/TLS Certificates.
    CSR in Notepad

Install SSL/TLS Certificate in Salesforce

  1. Download your certificate from Choose the download link for Nginx. The downloaded file should end with .chained.crt.
    Nginx certificate download
  2. Go to the Salesforce Setup menu, then enter “certificate” and “key management” in the Quick Find/Search field.
  3. Select Certificate and Key Management.
  4. Find your certificate in the list, click the name of the certificate, then click Upload Signed Certificate and select the certificate file you downloaded in step 1, above.
  5. Click Save. The status of the certificate will be changed to Active. provides a wide variety of SSL/TLS server certificates for HTTPS websites.


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