Controller Certificate Management

The Aviatrix Controller uses a self-signed certificate by default. That is why you see “Not Secure” In the browser. You can make it secure by importing a signed certificate. This documentation outlines the Import a Certificate with Key method. This example utilizes Godaddy as the CA. However, steps 1 and 3 should be universal for any certificate provider.

Import a Certificate with Key

Create Private Key and Certificate Signing Request

  1. Log into SSH on a Linux or macOS device and run the following command to create the private key:

mymac$ openssl genrsa -out my_prv.key 4096

  1. Create the CSR:
  • Run the following command and fill out the necessary information as it relates to your company.
  • Leave the password blank.

mymac$ openssl req -new -sha256 -key my_prv.key -out controller.csr

Upload the CSR to Go Daddy and Retrieve the Certificates

  1. Upload the CSR.

Site Path: > SSL > Certificates > Your Desired Domain Name > Rekey & Manage > Re-Key Certificate

  1. Paste the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) into the entry field.


  1. Retrieve the Certificate:

Site Path: > SSL > Certificates > Your Desired Domain Name > Download

  1. Wait for GoDaddy to respond with Certs. This usually takes ten minutes (an email confirmation is sent).
  2. Download the Certificates.


Uploading the Certificates to the Controller

Path: Controller > Certificate > Controller Certificate Management > Import Certificate with Key

  1. Select “Import Certificate with Key”
    • The CA certificate – the file named gd_bundle
    • The Server certificate - the other file ending in .crt
    • The Private Key – the file produced in step 1 of this documentation



The Controller signed certificate procedure is complete.

Additional Notes

  • If a certificate is already present on the Controller you must disable “Import Certificate” before uploading the new certificates, otherwise an error occurs.


  • The Controller will perform a validity check between the Server Certificate and the Private Key.