How to Install Free SSL Certificate on AlmaLinux

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Installing an SSL certificate on AlmaLinux is a crucial step in securing your website or web application. Here are the steps to install an SSL certificate on AlmaLinux:

1. Obtain an SSL certificate from a trusted Certificate Authority (CA). You can purchase an SSL certificate from a commercial CA, or you can generate a free SSL certificate using Let's Encrypt.

2. Copy the SSL certificate files to your AlmaLinux server. You will typically receive the SSL certificate files in a zip archive from your CA. Copy the archive to your server using the SCP command or a file transfer protocol such as FTP.

3. Extract the SSL certificate files to a directory on your server. You should extract the files to a secure directory, such as "/etc/ssl/certs/" or "/etc/pki/tls/certs/".

4. Update the Apache virtual host configuration file to include the SSL certificate files. Open the virtual host configuration file for the website or application you wish to secure using a text editor:

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/yourwebsite.conf

Add the following lines to the virtual host configuration file to specify the SSL certificate files:

SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/certs/yourdomain.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/certs/yourdomain.key
SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/ssl/certs/yourdomain.ca-bundle

Replace "yourdomain.crt" with the name of your SSL certificate file, "yourdomain.key" with the name of your SSL private key file, and "yourdomain.ca-bundle" with the name of your CA bundle file.

5. Restart the Apache web server using the following command:

sudo systemctl restart httpd

6. Test the SSL certificate installation by accessing your website or application using HTTPS. Open a web browser and navigate to "https://yourdomain.com". Replace "yourdomain.com" with the domain name of your website or application.

That's it! You have successfully installed an SSL certificate on your AlmaLinux server, and your website or application is now secure.

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