I am using aws certificate manager for managing SSL. Recently I purchased a wildcard ssl *.example-private.com Now I need that SSL certificate to deploy on enterprise git instance on aws.

How can i download ssl from aws?

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    Side note: If you really purchased a certificate, it wasn't from Amazon. Theirs are free.
    – ceejayoz
    Dec 21, 2016 at 13:12
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    @ceejayoz I mean I requested wild card ssl certificate in aws certificate manager and I deployed it on ELB that i have in account. Dec 21, 2016 at 13:56
  • @ceejayoz lets say I've git instance with url git.example-private.com and I want to deploy ssl over it. what should I do in that case? and forget about the wildcard ssl i.e. *.example-private.com Dec 21, 2016 at 14:07
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    Put an ELB or CloudFront in front of the instance. Otherwise, you'll need to get an SSL from someone else (Let's Encrypt is free and highly recommended). ACM certificates can't be downloaded for use outside of AWS's built-in integrations like ELBs and CF.
    – ceejayoz
    Dec 21, 2016 at 14:58
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    @ceejayoz Thanks for the suggestion. It worked with few tweaks according to my production environment. Dec 21, 2016 at 17:14

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You cannot download a SSL certificate from ACM.

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    Specifically, from the ACM FAQ: You can use ACM with the following AWS services: Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Elastic Beanstalk. I was hoping to use a ACM cert on an EC2 instance... but that's not possible at this time. Jul 26, 2017 at 18:56
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    You now can. serverfault.com/a/878274/325277
    – minnymauer
    Jun 6, 2020 at 23:12
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    @rangeme No, you can't. See my comment on that answer. (To clarify: You can get the cert, but so can anyone who visits your site. The cert is public. What OP needs is the private key, which you still can't download.)
    – ceejayoz
    Jun 7, 2020 at 2:53
  • @ceejayoz Ah yes, my apologies.
    – minnymauer
    Jun 8, 2020 at 23:52
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    This answer is incorrect no matter what OP meant. You absolutely can download TLS (aka SSL) certificate from ACM, as well as the entire CA certificate chain. But indeed you cannot download its associated private key. People would be running into this question and see absolutely incorrect accepted answer. It should be re-phrased like You can download SSL cert, but you cannot download its private key, therefore ACM certs cannot be used in third-party applications, like enterprise git in your case Sep 7, 2021 at 13:59

Note: While this can be used to fetch the (already public) certificate, it does not download the private key necessary to use that certificate outside Amazon's systems.

It is now possible to download the certificate with the following command:

aws acm list-certificates / aws acm get-certificate


  • Where does this document states that one can download certificate? I didn't see any such option in that document. Could you please share the exact link? Oct 13, 2017 at 16:24
  • SO you are right Shailesh, i mistakenly pasted the wrong URL... url updated. Oct 14, 2017 at 17:46
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    This gets you the certificate, but you can get that with cURL or just by going to the website - it is 100% public information. It does not get the private key, which means this is useless for OP's purposes.
    – ceejayoz
    Oct 16, 2017 at 13:34
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    @ceejayoz is right. When I want to download SSL that means I want to download its private key so that I can deploy aws acm ssl to any server I want. I think that it's not possible to do it in anyway. Oct 24, 2017 at 18:17
  • command is aws acm get-certificate --certificate-arn <arn-here> --output text
    – Akhil
    Nov 9, 2021 at 11:29

You cannot download from ACM. from the FAQ:

Q: Can I use certificates on Amazon EC2 instances or on my own servers?

A: No. At this time, certificates provided by ACM can only be used with specific AWS services

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    Why are you re-answering an old question with the same answer that's been already provided to and accepted by the OP?
    – ceejayoz
    Aug 28, 2017 at 13:03
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    this answer provided more info and context so i'm upvoting it
    – FireDragon
    Mar 20, 2018 at 2:15

You can't, but you can get a free one from https://letsencrypt.org/certificates/.

Letsencrypt also offers an API backed by open source code to automatically update.

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