What Is a RapidSSL Intermediate Certificate and How Do I Download It?

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Obtaining your intermediate certificate is an essential step to installing your new SSL certificate

One of the most important steps associated with installing an SSL certificate is ensure your intermediate certificates are installed. This is essential for all brands of intermediate certificates, including RapidSSL intermediate certificates.

After all, for your SSL certificate to be useful, this information needs to be readily available somewhere.

Not only this, but some applications may require you to have the appropriate intermediate certificates installed before you can use them. This is a security measure on their part to ensure that all data processed between the end user and your server is encrypted, protecting it from potential attackers while it is in transit.

In any case, if your intermediate certificate didn’t come bundled when you purchased your SSL certificate, we’re here to help. We’ll start by discussing what an intermediate certificate is and will tell you where you can find it.

What is a RapidSSL Intermediate Certificate?

An intermediate certificate is a certificate that serves as a verifier for server certificates at the website level. They stem from root certificates, which have the most trust and power out of the certificate chain.

Another reason the intermediate certificate exists is to provide an extra layer of security for root certificates. Since root certificates can control all certificates, having them issue certificates directly to individuals wouldn’t be a smart move because it leaves them too exposed and the root certificate could be compromised. As a result, root certificates issue intermediate certificates to manage a certain number of server certificates, keeping the root certificates away from any potential vulnerabilities.

Why You Should Install an Intermediate Certificate

Graphic: certificate chainThe reason you need to install your intermediate certificate along with your SSL certificate is that when the browser is trying to verify whether your SSL certificate is legitimate or not, it goes up the certificate chain: root certificate, intermediate certificate, and finally the SSL server certificate itself (sometimes called a leaf certificate). If the browser can’t find the intermediate certificate, the SSL certificate will be viewed as invalid.

Now, if you’re reading this article, you probably have no idea where to find your intermediate SSL certificate! Don’t worry — we have a simple way you can find your certificate. If you’re also not sure how to install your intermediate certificate, it’s the same process as installing your regular certificate. Take a look at the different installation guides in our knowledgebase for additional information.

Where to Download Your RapidSSL Intermediate Certificate

For some intermediate SSL certificates, you would have to dig up the resources page and find the proper intermediate certificate for your SSL certificate. They often will take you to another page for a RapidSSL intermediate certificate download link. However, that’s not the case when it comes to RapidSSL through CheapSSLsecurity.com. We’ll give you the code right now:


—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–
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—–END CERTIFICATE—–

Easy-peasy lemon squeezy. Now, all you have to do now is copy and paste it. That’s it!