A Step-By-Step Guide to Exporting a Code Signing Certificate on Mac
If you’re a Mac user, you can easily export your code signing certificate to use on other systems. Here’s how to export code signing in Safari on Mac.
Start by opening Keychain Access, which is located in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder on your Mac.
- Find and select your certificate
In the Keychain Access window, locate and select your code signing certificate.
Right-click on the certificate and choose ‘Export’ from the drop-down menu. This will initiate the export process.
The next step is to choose the file format for the exported certificate. Select the Personal Information Exchange (.p12) file format.
- Enter a password and choose a location
To secure your exported certificate, you’ll need to add a password. Then, choose a location to save the .p12 file.
- Save the exported certificate: After adding the password and selecting the location, click the ‘Save’ button to complete the export process.
Your code signing certificate is now ready to be used on other systems and for code signing and digital signature applications. Make sure to keep the exported certificate file secure and in a location that you can easily access in the future.”
Now let us see how to export code signing in Firefox on Mac.
Firefox: Exporting Your Code Signing Certificate as a PKCS12 File
If you’re using Firefox, here’s how to export your code signing certificate as a PKCS12 (.PFX) file:
- Open Firefox and navigate to the Preferences section.
- In the Preferences window, click Advanced, then Certificates, and finally, View Certificates.
- In the Certificate Manager window, select Your Certificates and find the code signing certificate you need to export. Click Backup.
- In the File Name to Backup window, select PKCS12 Files in the Format drop-down list. Note: PKCS12 files use the same format as .pfx or .p12 files.
- Choose the location where you want to save your code signing certificate (with private key) PKCS12 file. Make sure to store it in a place that you’ll remember and where you have access permissions.
- Provide a file name for the certificate (e.g., myCodeSigningCertificate) and click Save.
- In the Certificate Manager window, create a backup password for the certificate and click OK.
- When you receive the message “Successfully backed up your security certificate(s) and private key(s),” click OK.
Your standard code signing certificate is now available in the destination directory you selected as a PKCS12 file, ready to be imported into other systems for code signing and digital signature applications.
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