How To Install OpenSSL on CentOS 8

Install OpenSSL on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenSSL on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, OpenSSL is a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured Open Source Toolkit for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol formerly known as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. The protocol implementation is based on a full-strength general-purpose cryptographic library, which can also be used stand-alone. OpenSSL is used by many programs like Apache Web server, PHP, and many others providing support for various cryptographic algorithms such as ciphers (AES, Blowfish, DES, IDEA, etc.), and cryptographic hash functions (MD5, MD4, SHA-1, SHA-2, etc.)

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Install OpenSSL on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf group install 'Development Tools'
sudo dnf install perl-core zlib-devel

Step 2. Installing OpenSSL on CentOS 8.

Now we download the latest stable version OpenSSL from the official page:

wget https://www.openssl.org/source/openssl-1.1.1k.tar.gz

Next, extract the downloaded file using the command below:

tar -xzvf openssl-1.1.1k.tar.gz

Then, navigate to the extracted directory:

cd openssl-1.1.1k

Now it’s time to configure and compile OpenSSL:

./config --prefix=/usr/local/ssl --openssldir=/usr/local/ssl shared zlib
make
make test
sudo make install

Once we have successfully installed OpenSSL, configure its shared libraries:

cd /etc/ld.so.conf.d/
nano openssl-1.1.1k.conf

Add the following path in the config file:

/usr/local/ssl/lib

Save and exit and now reload the dynamic link using the command below:

ldconfig -v

Step 3. Configure OpenSSL Binary.

First, backup the default OpenSSL binary files:

mv /bin/openssl /bin/openssl.backup

Next, create new environment files for OpenSSL:

nano /etc/profile.d/openssl.sh

Add the following line:

OPENSSL_PATH="/usr/local/ssl/bin"
export OPENSSL_PATH
PATH=$PATH:$OPENSSL_PATH
export PATH

Next, make the openssl.sh file executable by issuing the command below:

chmod +x /etc/profile.d/openssl.sh

Then, reload the new OpenSSL environment file and check the default PATH:

source /etc/profile.d/openssl.sh
echo $PATH

Finally step, verify our installation of the latest stable version of OpenSSL using the command below:

which openssl
openssl version -a

Congratulations! You have successfully installed OpenSSL. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the OpenSSL on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official OpenSSL website.

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