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Backup or export your user certificate on a Mac computer.

This procedure provides a way to export and store user certificate(s) in PKCS12 format.

Export certificate.

To backup your personal certificate:

  • Open the Keychain Access, then select the certificate you want to export from the My Certificates category.
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  • From the File menu, select Export Items.
  • Select a file name and make sure that the p12 format is selected.
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  • Select a password for the exported file. This password will be necessary to import back the certificate.
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  • Provide an administrator password to authorize the operation.
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Import certificate.

To import your personal certificate:

  • Open the Keychain Access.
  • From the File menu, select Import Items.
  • Select the p12 file you exported at the previous step.
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  • Type the password for the certificate file. This is the password you entered when exporting the file.
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  • The imported certificate is now in your keychain, under the My Certificates category.
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Created: 3/10/2020
Last reviewed: 11/2/2015
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