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Importing and Exporting a Certificate to the Browser

  1. We will refer to all certificate as mycert.p12.
  2. Your certificate must be of type PKCS#12 with a .p12 extension.
  3. Choose a simple password when exporting your certificate. You will need to use this password when importing the certificate.
  4. To import a certificate into your browser:
    • For Firefox:
      • Linux: open Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Encryption -> View Certificates
        Windows: open Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Encryption -> View Certificates
        MAC: open Firefox -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Encryption-> View Certificates
      • click import and enter the filename (mycert.p12 or mycert.pfx on a MAC)
    • For Mozilla:
      • open Edit -> Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Certificates -> Manage Certificates
      • click import and enter the filename (mycert.p12)
    • For Windows IE:
      • open Tools -> Internet Options -> Content -> Certificates
      • click import and enter the filename (mycert.p12)
    • For MAC Safari:
      • open a Terminal
      • open mycert.pfx
        Open recognizes either the .pfx or .p12 extension and will open the keychain so you can import the certificate.
      • Import the certificate into your login keychain.
      • Even though you can import the certificate, Safari still does not allow you to upload a document or make other changes.You will need to use Firefox or some other browser.
  5. To export a certificate from your browser:
    • In all cases, make sure you save the certificate as type PKCS#12 with extension .p12 or .pfx on a MAC
    • For Firefox:
      • Linux: open Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Encryption -> View Certificates
        Windows: open Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Encryption-> View Certificates
        MAC: open Firefox -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Encryption -> View Certificates
      • highlight the certificate to export
      • click Backup and choose an appropriate filename (mycert.p12 or mycert.pfx on a MAC) and directory.
    • For Mozilla:
      • open Edit -> Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Certificates -> Manage Certificates
      • highlight the certificate to export
      • click Backup and choose an appropriate filename (mycert.p12) and directory.
    • For Windows IE:
      • open Tools -> Internet Options -> Content -> Certificates
      • highlight the certificate to export
      • click Backup and choose an appropriate filename (mycert.p12) and directory.
    • For MAC Safari:
      • open Finder and go to Applications -> Utilities -> Keychain Access
      • double click on Keychain to open it
      • on the left, click on Certificates
      • highlight the certificate to export and open File -> Export
      • choose an appropriate filename (mycert.pfx) and directory.

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