What Will I Learn?
- You will learn how to create a SELF SIGNED SSL CERTIFICATE
- You will learn how to activate HTTPS Connection on your Local Server
- A PHP/APACHE SERVER (WAMP)
- A PHP OPEN SSL EXTENSION
Today, I am gonna teach us how to activate SSL (HTTPS) on our local server. Mind you, only self signed certificates can be activated on localhost , as all verified certifcates need a real domain name to be verified, so this tutorial will be in two sections. One will be on how to generate the certificate using a PHP script while the other will be procedures needed to be followed to activate SSL on your local host. SSL could be important on local host while working (in development) with certain API and remote connections that require HTTPS from the request point
A QUICK HINT:
To activate OPENSSL in WAMP
- Open C:\wamp\bin\php\php7.1.9\php.ini
- Uncomment the following line by removing the
The above activates the OPENSSL extension.
How to Generate a Self Signed CErtificate
To get straight to the point , I will just pour the codes of the generating script below while I explain thereafter , then you can run it to generate your scripts
NOTE: Before this script can work, OPENSSL extension must be activated on your php server .
$config = array('config' => YOUR_SSL_CONFIG_FILE); $privkey = openssl_pkey_new($config); $CN = ''; //Country Code e.g `NG` for Nigeria $STATE = ''; //STATE OR PROVINCE IN COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE e.g. WASHINGTON DC $LN = ''; //NAME OF LOCALITY e.g. QUEENS BLVD $ON = ''; //NAME OF ORGANISATION e.g. STEEMIT INC $OUN = ''; //ORGANISATION UNIT e.g. Tech Support $cN = ''; //YOUR NAME e.g. Dre Combs $EA = ''; //EMAIL ADDRESS $ $data = array( "countryName" => $CN, "stateOrProvinceName" => $STATE, "localityName" => $LN, "organizationName" => $ON, "organizationalUnitName" => $OUN, "commonName" => $cN, "emailAddress" => $EA ); $csr = openssl_csr_new($data, $privkey, $configP); $duration = 100; //In days $sslcert = openssl_csr_sign($csr, null, $privkey, $duration, $config); openssl_x509_export($sslcert, $certstore); $password = NULL; openssl_pkey_export($privkey, $pkstore, $password, $config); file_put_contents("certificate.cer", $certstore); file_put_contents("privatekey.pem", $pkstore);
The first two lines generates a key pair to work with while generating the code
The following lines with the variables and the $data array helps to create the certificate parameter.
Then we create the certificate with the variable $csr and then sign it with the variable $sslcert
The $password can be anything else but should not be empty , except NULL
Then we export the certificate and private key using
openssl_pkey_export()with the result being stored in $certstore and &pkstore respectively
Then the results are stored to files
After the above script is run,
privatekey.pem should be stored in the root folder of your script
The Second part of this tutorial deals with how you can now activate https connection on your PHP/APACHE server stack (WAMP in this case) using above self-signed certificate.
- Go to C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.4.27 (this address could vary , but you can always tweak this address with discretion)
- Create a folder
privatekey.pemfrom where where you created them and paste them in the new folder: key
- Open C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.4.27\conf\httpd.conf (this address could vary , but you can always tweak this address with discretion)
- Uncomment the follwoing lines by removing the
LoadModule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so Include conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf LoadModule socache_shmcb_module modules/mod_socache_shmcb.so
- Open C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.4.27\conf\extra\httpd-ssl.conf
- Find (Ctrl+F)
- Change all the conf below that line (in between
# General setup for the virtual host&
# SSL Engine Switch:to the below
DocumentRoot "c:/wamp/www" ServerName localhost ServerAdmin firstname.lastname@example.org ErrorLog "c:/wamp/bin/apache/apache2.4.27/logs/ssl/error.log" TransferLog "c:/wamp/bin/apache/apache2.4.27/logs/ssl/access.log"
All the addresses above could vary , but you can always tweak with discretion
- GO TO
- Copy the follwoing files
- Go to
C:\wamp\bin\php\php7.1.9\and paste the copied files there
- RESTART YOUR SERVER , for WAMP , that will be
RESTART ALL SERVICES
- THEN TRY THIS ADDRESS IN YOUR BROWSER
Everything should work now.
This means you can now access your local server via https://localhost/folder-name
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