How To - Install the SSL Certificate on Mac OS X

How To - Install the SSL Certificate on Mac OS X

1. Visit your domain's SSL certificate installation instruction page to download a certificate. By default, this is https://portal.cipafilter.com/ssl.
Click the Download Certificate button.


2. If you are using Safari, you may be prompted to allow downloads from this site. If so, click Allow. In other browsers, the file may simply download immediately.


Safari Allow Downloads prompt

These images show the steps for Safari running on macOS 10.14; you may not see exactly the same thing if you are using another browser or a different version of macOS; however, the general process and wording should be the same.

3. When the certificate finishes downloading, it will appear in your default downloads folder. Usually, this can be accessed via the Dock near the Trash icon, or, depending on your browser, it may appear in a dedicated downloads window. Locate the file and click to open it.

macOS Downloads folder

4. Opening the file will launch or activate the Keychain Access app. You may be prompted to select a keychain to start with; if so, choose login and click Add. (Alternatively, if you have administrator access, you may wish to select the System keychain to install the certificate for all users of the machine.)

Keychain Access Add Certificates dialog

5. Locate the newly installed certificate in the main Keychain Access window and double-click it, or right-click it and choose Get Info.

Keychain Access context menu

6. In the window that appears, expand the Trust section and select Always Trust for the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) setting. Close the window when finished.

macOS certificate trust settings

7. You may be prompted to enter your macOS account password. Do so, then click Update Settings.

macOS password prompt

8. The main Keychain Access window will now show that the certificate is marked as trusted or uses custom trust settings. You can now quit Keychain Access.

Keychain Access certificates

9. You're done! After exiting Keychain Access you may continue browsing as usual; in most cases, you will not notice anything different after the certificate is installed.


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