Free Trial SSL Certificates

This is a list of free trial SSL Certificates. Most of the free trial certificates are full-blown certificates but they only work for a few days or a few weeks. Using these certificates will allow you to test them on your server if you have a complex system configuration without having to pay up-front. This way, you can prove to your boss that it works before proving that you need funding.

Note that some of the free trial SSL certificates are issued using a different root certificate than the one that you pay for so they may not work exactly the same as a real certificate. Getting a free trial SSL Certificate can also help you get to know a Certificate Authority's ordering process and management functions. If you want to get free SSL certificates that last for more than a few weeks, you can try a free Certificate Authority but there are many disadvantages to doing so.

Certificate Name SSL.com's Basic SSL GeoTrust's RapidSSL Symantec's Secure Site Thawte's SSL Web Server Certificate
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Certificate Authority
SSL.com

GeoTrust

Symantec

Thawte
Certificate Authority Rating
From 72 reviews
From 129 reviews
From 41 reviews
From 80 reviews
Price For 1 Year
$49
$17
$399
$249
Multiple Year Options Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years
Domains Secured Single Domain Name (FQDN) + www SAN Single Domain Name (FQDN) Single Domain Name (FQDN) Single Domain Name (FQDN)
Issuance Speed Within a few minutes Within a few minutes 4-5 days 2-4 Business days
Validation Required Domain Validation Domain Validation Organization and Domain Validation Organization and Domain Validation
Notification Level in Browsers Domain Name Shown On Certificate Only Domain Name Shown On Certificate Only Domain Name and Organization Name Shown On Certificate Domain Name and Organization Name Shown On Certificate
Browser Compatibility 99% 99% 99% 99%
Number of Free Reissues Allowed Unlimited until expired Unlimited until expired Unlimited for 30 days Unlimited until expired
Server License Unlimited Servers Unlimited Servers Single Server - Additional server licenses may be purchased Single Server - Additional server licenses may be purchased
Support Options Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, 24/7 Free Chat, and E-mail, Monday-Friday 8AM-8PM EST, Phone support available for purchase ($10) Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, Monday-Friday 5AM-6PM PST, Multi-lingual Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, 24/5, Multi-lingual
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 $10,000 $10,000 $1,500,000 $0
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