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Certifi workaround to use system trust store

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certifi-system-store, a certifi hack

certifi-system-store is a replacement and hack for consumers of certifi. It replaces certifi with an alternative implementation that uses the system trust store on Linux and some BSD distributions.


You absolutely must run python -m certifi after installing the package. The command ensures that you have a working system trust store and patches your current Python environment. It creates or replaces certifi's dist-info directory with certifi-system-store's dist-info.

$ python -m pip install certifi-system-store
$ python -m certifi

Supported system trust stores


  • Alpine
  • Arch
  • Fedora 34+
  • FreeBSD (with ca_root_nss package)
  • OpenWRT
  • RHEL 9


  • CentOS 7, 8
  • Fedora 33 and earlier
  • RHEL 7, 8


  • Debian (with ca-certificates)
  • Gentoo
  • Ubuntu (with ca-certificates)


  • SUSE

How does it work?

  • empty certifi/cacert.pem to override any existing certifi data.
  • fake certifi dist-info with much higher version number than certifi
$ venv/bin/pip install certifi-system-store
$ ls -l .tox/venv/lib/python3.9/site-packages/
$ venv/bin/python -m certifi -v
Patched certifi.dist-info -> certifi_system_store.dist-info
$ ls -l .tox/venv/lib/python3.9/site-packages/
certifi-3000.1.dist-info -> certifi_system_store-3000.1.dist-info

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