Imports a certificate into AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) to use with services that are integrated with ACM. Note that integrated services
allow only certificate types and keys they support to be associated with their resources. Further, their support differs depending on whether the certificate is imported into IAM or into ACM. For more information, see the documentation for each service. For more information about importing certificates into ACM, see Importing Certificates
in the AWS Certificate Manager User Guide
ACM does not provide managed renewal
for certificates that you import.
Note the following guidelines when importing third party certificates:
- You must enter the private key that matches the certificate you are importing.
- The private key must be unencrypted. You cannot import a private key that is protected by a password or a passphrase.
- If the certificate you are importing is not self-signed, you must enter its certificate chain.
- If a certificate chain is included, the issuer must be the subject of one of the certificates in the chain.
- The certificate, private key, and certificate chain must be PEM-encoded.
- The current time must be between the
Not Before and
Not After certificate fields.
Issuer field must not be empty.
- The OCSP authority URL, if present, must not exceed 1000 characters.
- To import a new certificate, omit the
CertificateArn argument. Include this argument only when you want to replace a previously imported certificate.
- When you import a certificate by using the CLI, you must specify the certificate, the certificate chain, and the private key by their file names preceded by
file://. For example, you can specify a certificate saved in the
C:\temp folder as
file://C:\temp\certificate_to_import.pem. If you are making an HTTP or HTTPS Query request, include these arguments as BLOBs.
- When you import a certificate by using an SDK, you must specify the certificate, the certificate chain, and the private key files in the manner required by the programming language you're using.
This operation returns the Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
of the imported certificate.