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How To Install OpenSSL on Windows 10

How To Install OpenSSL on Windows 10

Introduction

In this post we will cover how to install OpenSSL on your Windows 10 system to allow you to use the OpenSSL power that Linux users enjoy with managing certificates.

Installation

First download the binaries from https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html, We will be installing Win64 OpenSSL v1.1.1m Light MSI. Once downloaded it is time to install.

Double-click on the downloaded package to start the installation. First screen will be License Agreement. Accept the license and click Next.

OpenSSL License Agrrement

Next screen is the installation destination. the default is C:\Program Files\OpenSSL-Win64. Click Next.

openssl destination location

The Select Start Menu Folder will display. Click Next.

OpenSSL Start Menu

For Additional Tasks accept default for installing the OpenSSL dll’s to the Windows System directory.

OpenSSL DLL's

We are now ready to install. Click Install.

OpenSSL install summary

Installation has completed, A screen will popup asking if you would like to donate. Uncheck if you do not and click Finish.

OpenSSL Install Finish

Next we will need to add the path to the binary so Windows knows where to find the newly installed OpenSSL binaries.

Open a command prompt as run as administrator. Enter in the command:

setx /M PATH “%PATH%;C:\Program Files\OpenSSL-Win64\bin”

OpenSSL add path

Close the command prompt session and open a new session. We need to verify the path we added is showing. Type the command path.

OpenSSL Path

Run the command openssl version and we should get a response 1.1.1m.

OpenSSL Version Command

Conclusion

At this point you are ready to start using openssl for your cert needs!

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