How do I get OpenSSL on Windows 10?

Answered by Justin Young

To get OpenSSL on Windows 10, I would recommend following these steps that have worked for me:

1. Downloading the OpenSSL Binary: First, I would visit the OpenSSL website and navigate to the download page. From there, I would select the appropriate installer file for Windows. Make sure to choose the version that matches your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).

2. Running the OpenSSL Installer: Once the installer file is downloaded, I would locate it on my computer and double-click to run it. This will launch the installation wizard. I would carefully follow the on-screen instructions, selecting the desired installation directory and any additional components or features that I may need.

3. Setting up Environment Variables: After the installation is complete, it is necessary to set up the environment variables to ensure that OpenSSL can be accessed from any location on your system. To do this, I would right-click on the Start button and select “System.” Then, I would click on “Advanced system settings” and navigate to the “Environment Variables” button. Under “System variables,” I would locate the “Path” variable and click on “Edit.” I would add the path to the OpenSSL binaries directory (e.g., C:\OpenSSL\bin) and click “OK” to save the changes.

4. Running OpenSSL Binary: With OpenSSL installed and the environment variables set up, I can now open a command prompt window and use OpenSSL commands. I would press the Windows key, type “cmd,” and press Enter to open the command prompt. From there, I can run OpenSSL commands such as generating certificates, encrypting files, or establishing secure connections.

By following these steps, you should be able to successfully install OpenSSL on your Windows 10 system and start using it for various cryptographic tasks. Remember to always exercise caution and refer to the OpenSSL documentation for specific command usage and options.