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BPKI Enrolment Process


5. Enroll your BPKI certificate

To enroll your BPKI certificate you will have to connect to the External RA(Registration Authority) service. 


Create a certificate from a CSR (manual process)

To be able to generate a key pair, you need to have OPENSSL installed. *nix platforms are usually bundled with OPENSSL, for Windows please visit click here


  • Generate a new private key and Certificate Signing Request
openssl req -out CSR.csr -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout privateKey.key 

Please fill out the information requested for the CSR.



1) The Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) should be (i.e the username received in the invitation email)

2) You have just generated a private key for your BPKI certificate. Please keep it safely and back it up. In case the key is compromised, please send an email immediately to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , we shall revoke your certificate.

3) You should leave the challenge password blank otherwise the system will ask for the challenge password everytime the certificate is used.


5.1 enrolment csr


Make sure you select "PEM" and click on "Send Certificate Request". A certificate in pem format will be downloaded. Save it to the same folder as the CSR and private key generated under the name .pem.

Convert the PEM certificate into a PKCS#12 format (p12). To be able to do this, you will need to have the CA certificate of the client certificate. Copy and save the memberca certificate as "memberca.pem" under the same folder as above. And execute the following command:

openssl pkcs12 -export -out .p12 -inkey privateKey.key -in .pem -certfile memberca.pem

 Output: your certificate in p12 format .p12


  • Now you need to import the certificate in your keychain or browser certificate keystore. To import a certificate in your browser:
    • For Firefox:
      • Linux: open Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Encryption -> View Certificates 
        Windows: open Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Certificates -> Manage Certificates 
        MAC: open Firefox -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Encryption->View Certificates
      • click import and enter the filename (mycert.p12 or mycert.pfx on a MAC)
    • For Chrome:
      • Go to preferences
      • Select "Show advanced settings" and under HTTPS/SSL click "manage certificate".
      • Import the certificate into your login keychain.
    • For MAC Safari open a Terminal
'open' mycert.pfx

Open recognizes either the .pfx or .p12 extension and will open the keychain so you can import the certificate.

Import the certificate into your login keychain.


Even though you can import you certificate to a series of different browsers, the only currently supported browsers to access BPKI-restricted sections of MyAFRINIC are Chrome and Firefox.


Bravo! You now have a BPKI certificate installed in your browser and you can now securely authenticate yourself to MyAFRINIC.


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