How to Download & Export from Firefox

After validation is finished, the issuing Certificate Authority (CA) will send the certificate via email to the certificate requester. Using Firefox as your browser and the same PC which generated the order, follow the "pick-up" or "collection" link in the email and initiate the downloading process. The in-browser script will automatically pull the previously stored private key from the browser's file system and install it in your Certificate Manager folder.

Now, to receive the actual certificate, you must export the certificate and private key and save it to your PC/desktop as a PFX (.p12) file. Follow the detailed instructions below to navigate through the export process in Firefox

Note: This article also applies to e-mail signing certificates.

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Click the icon to Open Menu, then click Options.

    On Mac, "Options" is called "Preferences."

  3. Select the Privacy and Securitytab

  4. Scroll down to the Certificates section and click View Certificates

  5. Click Your Certificates tab and select your Certificate Name

  6. Click Backup All... and select OK

  7. Name your Certificate and save it as a PKCS12 (.p12 or .pfx)file

  8. Enter your Certificate backup password and click OK

  9. Click OKand you've successfully backed up your certificate and private key(s).

Once the code signing certificate and private key are bundled together in a PFX (.p12) file, you can finally proceed with signing your application using the appropriate signing tool or send it to your developer(s) for completion.