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how to download the ssl certificate from a website?

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In order to download the certificate, you need to use the client built into openssl like so:

echo -n | openssl s_client -connect $HOST:$PORTNUMBER -servername $SERVERNAME 
    | openssl x509 > /tmp/$SERVERNAME.cert

That will save the certificate to /tmp/$SERVERNAME.cert.

The -servername is used to select the correct certificate when multiple are presented, in the case of SNI.

You can use -showcerts if you want to download all the certificates in the chain. But if you just want to download the server certificate, there is no need to specify -showcerts. The “x509” at the end will strip out the intermediate certs, you will need to use “sed -n ‘/—–BEGIN/,/—–END/p'” instead of the x509 at the end.

echo -n gives a response to the server, so that the connection is released

openssl x509' removes information about the certificate chain and connection details. This is the preferred format to import the certificate into other keystores.

I found the answer. Openssl provides it.

openssl s_client -connect ${REMHOST}:${REMPORT}

The GNUTLS client tool, gnutls-cli, can also make this easy:

gnutls-cli --print-cert www.example.com 
        < /dev/null 
        > www.example.com.certs

The program is designed to provide an interactive client to the site, so you need to give it empty input (in this example, from /dev/null) to end the interactive session.

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