Code Signing Certificates

A code signing certificate is a file containing a digital signature that can be used to sign executables and scripts in order to verify a developer's identity and ensure that the code has not been tampered with since it was signed. This helps users to determine whether the software can be trusted. You can compare the best code signing certificates below. If you want the highest security for your applications, you may want an EV Code Signing Certificate.

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24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail Full refund within 30 days of issuance 4.9
1445 reviews
$499.00
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24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail Full refund within 30 days of issuance 4.9
89 reviews
$349.00
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24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail Full refund within 30 days of issuance 4.7
2776 reviews
$179.00
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Customer Support by E-mail, Phone Monday to Friday 8 AM to 8 PM EST Full refund within 30 days of issuance 4.7
480 reviews
$299.00
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Provider Rating 4.9
From 1445 reviews
4.9
From 89 reviews
4.7
From 2776 reviews
4.7
From 480 reviews
Year Founded 2003 2002 1998 1994
Headquarters Lehi, Utah, USA Houston, Texas, USA Roseland, New Jersey, USA Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Support Options 24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail 24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail 24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail Customer Support by E-mail, Phone Monday to Friday 8 AM to 8 PM EST
Refund Policy Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund within 30 days of issuance
Warranty $0 $0 $0 $0
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Product Name DigiCert's Code Signing SSL.com's EV Code Signing Sectigo's Code Signing Certificate Entrust's Code Signing
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Price For 1 Year $499.00 $349.00 $179.00 $299.00
Issuance Speed Within 1 day after all documentation is received Within 1 day after all documentation is received Less than 2 days 1 day

Supports Windows Authenticode Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Apple OS X Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Microsoft Office VBA Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Sun Java Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Adobe Air Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Windows x64 Kernel Mode Signing
Yes No No No
Validation Required Organization Validation Extensive Organization Validation Organization Validation Organization Validation
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More about Code Signing Certificates

A code signing certificate allows you to sign code using a private and public key system similar to how an SSL certificate secures a website. When you request a code signing certificate, a public/private key pair is generated. The certificate authority will then issue a code signing certificate that contains the public key. A certificate for code signing needs to be signed by a trusted certificate authority so that the operating system knows that your identity has been validated. You could still use the code signing certificate to sign and distribute malicious software but you will be held legally accountable for it.

You can sign many different types of code. The most common types include Windows applications such as .exe, .cab, .dll, .ocx, and .xpi files (using an Authenticode certificate), Apple applications (using an Apple code signing certificate), Microsoft Office VBA objects and macros (using a VBA code signing certificate), .jar files (using a Java code signing certificate), .air or .airi files (using an Adobe AIR certificate), and Windows drivers and other kernel-mode software (using a Kernel mode code certificate). In reality, a code signing certificate can sign almost all types of code as long as you convert the certificate to the correct format first.

Use the comparison above of code signing certificates to compare prices, compatibility, provider reviews and ratings, support, and other features to find the best code signing certificate provider that meets your needs. After clicking the Get Pricing or Learn More button, you can select the type of certificate you need (Authenticode, Java, Adobe AIR, etc.) and the provider will walk you through the process of receiving the code signing certificate. To learn more about code signing, read What is Code Signing.