.CRT File Extension

Security Certificate

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What is a CRT file?

A CRT file is an encoded digital certificate used by a secure website. It identifies the website and verifies its authenticity. CRT files may be saved in a variety of certificate formats, including the Distinguished Encoding Rules (.DER) and Privacy Enhanced Mail (.PEM) formats.

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To host secure websites, web server administrators typically apply for digital certificates from third-party Certificate Authorities, such as GoDaddy, Verisign, or Thawte. These certificates are saved in various formats, including the CRT format.

After receiving a certificate, administrators must place it on their web server, within the website they want to secure. When a user accesses the site, the web server passes the certificate to the user's web browser, to verify the site's identity. (If a browser cannot verify a certificate, it may instead show a page that says "This website's certificate is expired.")

NOTE: To view the contents of a secure website's digital certificate, click the lock icon that appears in your website's address bar.

How to open a CRT file

You can use OpenSSL (multiplatform) to view the contents of a CRT file. For example, if your CRT file contains a certificate saved in the DER format, you can use the following command to view your file's contents:

openssl x509 -inform der -in YourFileName.crt -text -noout

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