To use additional SSL Certificates on your server you need to create another Virtual Host. As a best practice, we recommend making a backup of your existing.conf file before proceeding. You can create a new Virtual Host in your existing.conf file or you can create a new.conf file for the new Virtual Host. In the next step, we have to set up a new VirtualHost for each domain within the file C: xampp apache conf extra httpd-vhosts.conf similar to what we did in the first tutorial. At this point, it's important to know that HTTP is running on port 80, but SSL is on port 443.
Setting up an SSL certificate for XAMPP is pretty straight forward, but it won’t completely work if you are trying to use a private, local domain on your own computer. This is mostly caused by the certificates not being issues by a Certificate Authority, but rather it’s a self-signed certificate.
You can be your own Certificate Authority easy enough, but everything has to be typed correctly at the command prompt or it can fail, leaving you scratching your head. Completing a CA cert and SSL cert process may complete and the certificate is still not verifiable because something was not quite right in the configuration.
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- Note: To start with, the only difference for this guideline, between XAMPP and WAMP or other Apache packages for Windows, is question where those packages are installed on your computer. Introduction: vhost (virtual host) is a great solution if you intend to develop many independent project in php and keep them isolated from each others, like: Project 1 is based on php and has local url.
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- After this, you will have server.key and server.crt files that you need to copy to some directory that can be easily accessed by apache. Copy both files to say crypt directory and configure the SSL Conf for website or app. Following shows the basic SSL configuration.
Once you are successful at generating a root CA cert and an SSL cert, it’s a matter of setting up the XAMPP Apache configuration. Then you will have to edit the root CA cert that CURL uses so that it can verify you SSL cert. The PHP CURL configuration needs to point to this file and if you use WordPress, this root CA cert needs to be added to the WordPress includes as well.
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First install XAMPP and get it running so that you can access it’s dashboard in your browser via http.
Next, we want to add the path to OpenSSL to our path system variable so we don’t have to be in the xampp/apache/bin directory to run it. I assume you know how to add a directory to you Windows 10 system path already. If not, simply run SystemPropertiesAdvanced command, click the “Environment Variables” button and add the path to the end of the “Path” system variable (e.g. C:/xampp/apache/bin).
Rapid Environment Editor is a great tool to edit your system path with.
Note, Windows 10 comes with CURL, so if you don’t add xampp/apache/bin to your path system variable, you will be running the Windows installation of CURL and not the one included with XAMMP. Place the path to the xampp/apache/bin directory before %SystemRoot%system32.
Next, we add a crt/dev.local directory under Apache and work inside this directory.
Run Windows cmd.exe.
Now you are going to make yourself a Certificate Authority.
Now you have a CA private key and CA certificate.
Next we will use these to generate an SSL private key and cert.
Make a file named csr.ext with the following entries. This is important to have an “alt_name” so it will work in Chrome. Add localhost and 127.0.0.1 so it will work with those too.
The next batch of commends is a two line command made to enter after executing openssl. You will get a prompt to enter commands and you can continue on the next line with a “” at the end of each line.
Now you will need to tell Windows about your CA certificate.
Run the Windows Cert Manager certmgr. Choose Trusted Root Certification Authorities, right click on Certificates>>All Tasks>>Import… and import your CA Certificate (EWWCA.pem).
Choose the file. You will need to choose “All Files (*.*)” in the file chooser dialog to show your pem file or type it in directly.
Place all certificates in the following store: Trusted Root Certificate Authorities.
You will get a “The import was successful.” message and then you will be able to browse the root certificates and see the one you just added.
Now all you need to do is create virtual hosts in Apache and point to the new SSL Certificate and Key that you made.
Open the Apache httpd-xampp.conf file and add these entries:
Now, https should work in Chrome and Edge, but not in Firefox. If it doesn’t work, restart your browser or restart your computer.
You will need to import your CA certificate directly into Firefox’s CA store.
Run Firefox and go to Options>>Privacy & Security>>Security Devices and click on the “View Certificates…” button. On the next dialog box, click on the Authorities tab and click the “Import…” button.
On the next dialog box, check the 2 boxes and click OK.
Now https should work in Firefox. If not, restart Firefox or restart the computer.
Now check your PHP.ini file and enable extension=curl and point curl.cainfo and openssl.cafile both to C:xamppapachebincurl-ca-bundle.crt. CURL will work for PHP scripts now, unless the script uses it’s own CA bundle file. (See below how to enable your CA cert in WordPress.)
At this point, CURL included with XAMPP will work if you access https sites on the Internet, but it will fail if you access a site on dev.localhost because CURL uses curl-ca-bundle.crt file for it’s CA certs. Your new CA cert is not in this file, so you will need to open up curl-ca-bundle.crt and your pem file (EWWCA.pem) in a text editor.
Copy everything in the pem file.
Open up the curl-ca-bundle.csr file located in xampp/apache/bin and scroll down to the very bottom of the file and paste in your CA cert. Ensure there are no spaces or new lines at the end. As shown in the screenshot above, you can also add a title to the cert so you know what it is.
Save the file and now CURL will work https on dev.localhost from the command line (cmd.exe).
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To enable CURL to work in WordPress, after you have added your CA cert to it as per the previous instructions, copy the curl-ca-bundle.csr file to the /wp-includes/certificates folder. Then rename ca-bundle.csr to ca-bundle.old and change curl-ca-bundle.csr filename to ca-bundle.scr.
CURL should now work with any WordPress plugins that access https://dev.localhost URLs.
Enter the domain you want to secure on your local machine, below. You will get a CA root certificate, a (wildcard) certificate for your domain and a private key. You can then import the CA root certificate on your local machine, usually something like Trusted Root Certificate Store, and install the domain certificate and private key in your server virtual host configuration.
I use odd domain names on my local machine, like testing.dom and such for site development. Developing with http works ofcourse, but https is better, because thats common now. (Thank you Lets Crypt) Usually I am too lazy to start typing OpenSSL commands, so I made this to make life more easy. I use the certificates with xampp on Windows 10, but it will work with any XAMPP, WAMP or LAMP like setup, ofcourse. Just add the odd domains to your hosts file.
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The certicates generated by this website are certificates for development purposes, the are not 'real world' certificates. They only work on your local machine / network! (and the public test site you will find in the read me included in the zip)