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Step Certificates

step-ca is an online certificate authority for secure, automated certificate management. It's the server counterpart to the step CLI tool.

A private certificate authority (X.509 & SSH) & ACME server for secure automated certificate management, so you can use TLS everywhere & SSO for SSH.

commands added to NAS $PATH


You can use it to:

Issue X.509 certificates for your internal infrastructure:
HTTPS certificates that work in browsers (RFC5280 and CA/Browser Forum compliance)
TLS certificates for VMs, containers, APIs, mobile clients, database connections, printers, wifi networks, toaster ovens...
Client certificates to enable mutual TLS (mTLS) in your infra. mTLS is an optional feature in TLS where both client and server
authenticate each other. Why add the complexity of a VPN when you can safely use mTLS over the public internet?
Issue SSH certificates:
For people, in exchange for single sign-on ID tokens
For hosts, in exchange for cloud instance identity documents
Easily automate certificate management:
It's an ACME v2 server
It has a JSON API
It comes with a Go wrapper
... and there's a command-line client you can use in scripts!
Whatever your use case, step-ca is easy to use and hard to misuse

Your gratitude and finance will help me to continue integration of this QPKG and maintain up to date versions.

In the following guide we'll run a simple hello server that requires clients to connect over an authorized and encrypted channel using HTTPS. step-ca will issue certificates to our server, allowing it to authenticate and encrypt communication.


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