How to Generate CSR in Plesk

In this step-by-step tutorial, we will show you how to generate a CSR in Plesk.

You can generate the CSR code for your domain from your Plesk dashboard. Here is how you can do it:

Step 1: Initiate the CSR generation

  1. Log into your Plesk dashboard.
  2. From the left pane, select Domains (Plesk Onyx) or Website and Domains (Plesk 12)  and locate the domain name you want to secure.
  3. From the main central menu click on SSL/TLS Certificates (Plesk Onyx) or Secure Your Sites (Plesk 12).
  4. On the new page, click Add SSL/TLS Certificate.

Step 2. Fill in your information

Now, you have to submit a list of parameters. Make sure the info about your company is up to date.

  • Certificate Name: Enter an easy-to-remember name so you can identify this certificate from other similar files.
  • Bits: From the drop-down list, select the encryption level for your certificate. We recommend the standard 2048.
  • Country: From the drop-down list indicate your company’s country of origin
  • State or Province: Enter the full name of the state where your business is legally located. For instance, Florida.
  • Location (city): Specify the city where your organization is registered. For example, Miami.
  • Organization name (company): If you bought a Business Validation or an Extended Validation Certificate, type the legal name of your company (e.g. GPI Holding LLC) For Domain Validation (DV), enter your full name, or your website’s name.
  • Organization department or division name: If you’re not sure, type “IT” or “Web Administration”. For a DV certificate, enter NA (not available).
  • Domain Name: Submit the FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) of the website you want to encrypt. For example,
    Note: If you have a Wildcard certificate, the domain name must start with an asterisk. For example, *
  • Email: Provide a valid email address so that the CA can verify the domain ownership.

Step 3. Get your CSR

Double-check the information you’ve just provided, then click Request. Plesk will now generate your CSR code and private key.

To view both codes, on the next page, from the list of certificates click on your certificate name.

Now, you can copy the CSR code (including the —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST—– and —–END CERTIFICATE REQUEST—– tags) and use it during your SSL order process. As for the private key, you will use it later during the SSL installation in Plesk.

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