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Certificate authority for humans

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A tool for managing the signing and generation of CSRs as well as the creation of certificate Authorities


  • Its not the openssl command

  • Sane flags

  • Its not the openssl command

  • internal API to leverage in your own apps

  • Its not the openssl command

  • Single File Certificate store based off sqlite makes backups easy

  • Human readable times that become more accurate as the appointed time gets closer eg ‘3 days from now’ to ‘3 hours from now’ to ‘03:14’

  • Ability to add comments to certificates, keys and requests

  • Generate CRLs’

  • Webserver to provision new certificates to bearers of a valid (but soon to expire) certificate allowing automatic update of certificates via a cronjob


To create a virtual environment use the following commands

pyvenv-3.4 –system-site-packages venv . bin/venv/activate pip install blitz-ca

to activate the environment in another terminal repeat the activate step as shown below

. bin/venv/activate

as this is an argparse based program, comprehensive help is available by specifying ‘-h’ or ‘–help’ to receive help on a sub command, use ‘-h’ as above after the sub command itself

At this time there is no other documentation avalible but those who have created certificates and CSRs with the openssl command should be fammilar enough witht he terminolgy and process to use the program.


If you do not specify a key then one will be created for you automaticly as part of the CSR or certificate generation. if you are having trouble matching a CSR up to a private key at generation time, consider using the ‘-C’ flag to add a comment to both the private key and CSR

Release History

1.0 (2014-10-19)

  • Initial Release

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