In this four-part tutorial, you will learn how to generate a CSR code and install an SSL Certificate on SurgeMail. Part one and two will focus on CSR generation and SSL installation steps, while the final two segments will reveal a few interesting facts about SurgeMail and the best place online to shop for affordable SSL certificates.

If you’ve already generated the CSR code and applied for an SSL certificate, feel free to skip part one and head straight to the installation guidelines.

Generate a CSR on SurgeMail

CSR generation is an integral part of the SSL buying process. To apply for an SSL certificate, you must submit a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) to your certificate authority (CA). The CSR is a block of encoded text with contact data about the applicant. 

Here’s how you can generate your CSR on SurgeMail:

  1. Navigate to the Globals page in the Web Admin
  2. Click SSL Certificates Configure
  3. Click the New CSR button to start generating your CSR, a private key, and a temporary unsigned certificate.
  4. Next, fill in the details for the company and website the certificate will be issued to:
    • Common Name – enter the FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) you want to secure. For example
    • Organization – enter the legal name of your company. For example Your company Plc.
    • Organizational unit – type the name of your department within the organization in charge of SSL management. For instance Web or IT.
    • City/Locality – specify the city where your company is registered
    • State/Province – specify the state where your company is headquartered
    • Country– enter the two-letter ISO code of your country
  5. Copy the newly generated CSR and paste it into your order form and wait for the SSL files to arrive in your email inbox.

Install an SSL certificate on SurgeMail

After your CA sends your SSL certificate via email, you have to download the archived folder and extract its contents on your system. To install the certificate, you’ll need your primary and intermediate certificates, Follow the steps below to complete the installation:

1. In the Web Admin where you generated the CSR, copy and paste the contents of the certificate files to the SSL Certificate(s) field. The Primary Certificate (issued specifically for your domain name) must be first, and the Intermediate Certificate second with no line of space between the two.


(Your Primary certificate)



(Your Intermediate certificate)


2. You can open the SSL files using a simple text editor such as Notepad.

3. Click Save and restart SurgeMail. Congrats you’ve successfully installed your SSL certificate.

Test Your SSL installation

After you install an SSL Certificate on SurgeMail, you should run a quick test and check your new cert for potential errors and vulnerabilities. We have an entire article on our blog, describing the best SSL tools to scan your SSL installation.

SurgeMail Overview

SurgeMail is a fully functional SMTP / IMAP / POP / Webmail server you can operate on your machine running Linux or Windows. With spam handing, live mirroring, modern fast WebMail, and SSL / Encryption features, SurgeMails rivals any system in the world. SurgeMail was first released in March 2004. Its latest version is 7.6i of October 2021.

Where to buy the best SSL certificate for SurgeMail?

SSL Dragon is the vendor you’re looking for! We’ve built strong partnerships with the leading Certificate Authorities to offer you incredibly low prices across the entire range of SSL products. All our certificates are compatible with SurgeMail. Below are the types of SSL certificates available at SSL Dragon:

You can find the best SSL Certificate for your project and budget with the help of our SSL Wizard. It offers a quick and efficient way to determine the right SSL for you.

If you find any inaccuracies, or you have details to add to these SSL installation instructions, please feel free to send us your feedback at [email protected] Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.