How to Install a Custom SSL

Installing a custom SSL certificate

Updated over a week ago

At Hostinger, all our Web and Cloud hosting plans include free SSL certificates for all of your websites! Lifetime SSL is automatically installed as soon as you add a website, create a subdomain, or park a domain.

In case you have purchased an SSL Certificate from another provider, you can easily use it by following the steps below:

Step 1 - Uninstall Current SSL

First, make sure that the domain or subdomain does not currently have an SSL installed. Go to Websites → Manage, search for SSL on the sidebar, and click on it:

There, locate the SSL for the domain (or subdomain). If there is one, click on the options button ( ⋮ ), and select Uninstall:


This will allow you to install a new SSL in the next step.

Step 2 - Import Your Custom SSL

Click on Import SSL. Select the domain or subdomain from the dropdown list and insert the values of the keys provided by the SSL issuer:

The Import SSL options to isntall a custom SSL

The custom certificate is usually a compressed folder (eg. a .zip file) where you will find the following files:

  • Certificate - the certificate’s public key, usually a file named domain.crt
    where domain is replaced with your actual domain

  • Private Key - the certificate's private key, usually the only file with the ending .key on the zipped folder

  • Certificate authority bundle (CABUNDLE) - the file that contains root and intermediate certificates

Use a text editor such as Notepad to open each one, copy the content and paste it into its corresponding section. Next, click on Install SSL, and your certificate will be installed.


  • If your SSL is still not valid after installation, try to reinstall it. If the issue persists, reach out to your SSL issuer for assistance

  • If you're having trouble finding the files for your SSL certificate or figuring out which ones to use, please get in touch with the support team of your SSL issuer

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