How to Install Alpha SSL certificate using Moonshine for Rails 4.1


Step 1

When you generate the CSR request, do not provide pass phrase. If you provide the passphrase you can still install successfully by removing the password from the key:

openssl rsa -in /path/to/originalkeywithpass.key -out /path/to/newkeywithnopass.key

Use the newkeywithnopass.key in moonshine.yml. This is explained below.

Step 2

When you purchase your SSL certificate from Alpha SSL, you will get the following certificates:

  1. GlobalSign Root CA Certificate
  2. AlphaSSL intermediate Certificate (intermediate_domain.crt)
  3. Your domain SSL Certificate (

Copy the intermediate certificate, your domain certificate and the key file to your server /home/rails/certs folder.

Step 3

Specify the values in moonshine.yml:

  :certificate_file: /home/rails/certs/
  :certificate_key_file: /home/rails/certs/yourdomain.key
  :certificate_chain_file: /home/rails/certs/intermediate_domain.crt

Step 4


config.force_ssl = true

in production.rb of your Rails application.

Step 5

Check in your code and do a cap deploy. That's it.


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