CSR Generation

After purchasing, the next step in the code signing certificate process is to generate your order and submit a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) to the issuing Certificate Authority (CA). A CSR is simply encoded text that is created on your computer and contains information about the certificate requester. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to generate a CSR on the most common programs.


At some point, during the lifespan of your Code Signing Certificate, it may be necessary for you to export it from your computer. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to export your Code Signing Certificate from the most common web browsers.


What you need to know about reissuing a Code Signing Certificate.


Code Signing Certificates have a shelf life of 1-3 years, which means they’ll need to be renewed if you want to keep the code you write protected following their expiration. The below article contains instructions on how to renew a Code Signing Certificate.

 Signing Code

Once your Code Signing Certificate is validated and installed, you can begin using it to sign code. Below are instructions on signing code using three different signing tools:

 Time Stamping

Time stamping is an important part of the Code Signing process. Understand why you should be doing it and how it works by reading the following help article(s).


After generation, the next step in the Code Signing process is to complete the stringent validation process set forth by the issuing Certificate Authority (CA). Each certificate type has a different set of requirements that you or your business has to complete. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to complete the validation process.

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