Viewing Server Certificate in Firefox 35

This section provides a tutorial example on how to view certificate when visiting an 'https' Web site in Firefox 35.

When you visit a "https" Web server, it will send its certificate to your browser. Server's certificate is needed by the browser for these 2 tasks:

Normally, your browser will do these 2 tasks automatically without your interaction. You don't need to know where is the server certificate and what's in the certificate.

But since I am interested to learn more about "https" communication, I want to see the server certificate. Here is what did on Firefox 35 to see details of the server certificate.

1. Run Firefox 35 and go to and wait for the log in page to be displayed.

2. Click the lock icon at right side of the web address. The page security information message box shows up:

You are connected to
Verified by: VeriSign, Inc.
The connection to this website is secure.

3. Click the "More Information..." button on the message box. The Page Info dialog box shows up displaying the "Security" tab.

4. Click the "View Certificate" button. The Certificate Viewer dialog box shows up.

Cool. Now I see a real server certificate for commercial uses. The picture below shows you steps to see the certificate:

View Server Certificate in Firefox 35
Viewing Server Certificate in Firefox 35

Last update: 2015.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

 Introduction of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

 Using HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer) 10

 Using HTTPS with Chrome 40

Using HTTPS with Firefox 35

 Visiting "https" Web Site with Firefox 35

Viewing Server Certificate in Firefox 35

 Server Certificate General Information

 Viewing Server Certificate Path in Firefox 35

 Exporting Server Certificate to File in Firefox 35

 Viewing Pre-Installed Certificates in Firefox 35

 Listing of Trusted Root CA in Firefox 35

 Exporting Certificate to File from Firefox 35

 Deleting Root CA Certificates from Firefox 35

 Firefox 35 Displaying Certificate Error Page

 Adding Security Exception in Firefox 35

 Failing to Import Root CA Certificates to Firefox 35

 Certificate Trust Settings in Firefox 35

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Certificate Stores and Certificate Console

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

 Digital Signature - Microsoft Word 2007

 Digital Signature - 3

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

 Outdated Tutorials


 PDF Printing Version