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How do I install an existing SSL cert in Bamboo

Greg Cobb January 17, 2017

We are Bamboo cloud users and as you know the clock is ticking.  I ran the jar based wizard that creates an AWS instance running Bamboo.  That went smooth so A+ on that.  My problem is that I can't figure out how to install an existing SSL cert in Bamboo/Tomcat.  We own a Thawte wildcard cert and need to use that cert for this server.  I see stuff about CSR which sounds like it is for certs that originated from a request from the Bamboo server machine, but the cert I have was obtained in 2015 way before this process so I think I am in a different situation than described in the documentation.  I have a p7s file and I also grabbed a crt version of the cert meant for Apache servers because I saw Tomcat used Apache in some capacity and I had hoped that might work.  I don't know how to get either of these to work using your documentation or Thawte's Tomcat documentation.

Given that you guys coded Bamboo / JIRA to require a cert that is not self-signed to integrate them and the fact that Tomcat's cert process seems to be much more complicated than other servers, this has turned out to be a very frustrating and costly (hours lost) process for us.  I really need someone to help me figure this out or our companies ability to update our software two weeks from now will grind to a halt. 

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Dmitry Martynkin August 24, 2018

If you have certificate in PFX format, you can modify server.xml (which is in <bamboo_install_directory>/conf/server.xml) with the following:


maxThreads="150" minSpareThreads="25"



scheme="https" secure="true" SSLEnabled="true" sslProtocol="TLS"

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Przemek Bruski
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January 18, 2017

Don't focus on Tomcat, install the certificate in  Apache, which already fronts Bamboo and is already configured for SSL support. Since you already have a version of your cert meant to work with Apache, it should be as easy as replacing /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.key and /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt files.

Which files do you have atm? p7s is one, what's the other one?

Greg Cobb January 18, 2017


Those are three files I grabbed off of Thawte's site.  I thought to try Apache after I found out Tomcat was "piping" through it.  It didn't work but now that I think back maybe I didnt do it right.  Cant remember if I followed any instructions or if I just edited the config files using my own assumptions on how it was done.  I'm a developer who happens to wear many hats like administering our servers but all that means is I know more than the other people in the office.  I'm still pretty much a noob at being a server admin.  

Przemek Bruski
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January 18, 2017

Well, you need a public key certificate and it looks like com_apache.crt is what you need. So rename it to apache.crt and put into /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt ,

You also need a private key. It's hard to say what's inside p7s. Look here: 

Maybe the private key is bundled with the cert, then you need to remove the key entry.

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January 17, 2017

There is a utility here that can covert Apache style SSL certs into Java Keystore files (that Tomcat likes).   Maybe give that a try?  Look for the "KeyStoreBuilder" section.

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