[openssl-users] scripting creating a cert

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Thu Mar 9 23:49:56 UTC 2017

I am creating self-signed certs with:

openssl req -new -outform PEM -out certs/$your_host_tld.crt -newkey 
rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout private/$your_host_tld.key -keyform PEM -days 
3650 -x509 -extensions v3_req

Where, for example:


Thing is that this then prompts for a number of fields:

Country Name (2 letter code) [XX]:
State or Province Name (full name) []:
Locality Name (eg, city) [Default City]:
Organization Name (eg, company) [Default Company Ltd]:
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:
Common Name (eg, your name or your server's hostname) []:
Email Address []:

Is there some 'simple' way to provide these answers?  Like with env 


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