Import-Certificate Cmdlet

Parameters   Output Objects   Configuration Settings  

The Import-Certificate component is used to import an X.509 certificate from a PFX file into a certificate store.


Import-Certificate [parameters]


The certificate specified by Subject and its private key are loaded from the PKCS12 file specified by InputFile. If the file is password-protected Password is used to open it.

Subject is optional. If empty, the first certificate in the store is loaded instead of the matching certificate.

# import a certificate
import-certificate -CertStore MY -CertStoreType User -InputFile $file -Password $password

Parameter List

The following is the full list of the parameters of the cmdlet with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

LogFileThe location of a file to which debug information is written.
CertStoreThe name of the certificate store for the client certificate.
CertStorePasswordThe password for the certificate store (if any).
CertStoreTypeThe type of certificate store for the client certificate.
ConfigSpecifies one or more configuration settings.
InputFileThe input file.
LogFileThe location of a file to which debug information is written.
PasswordThe certificate's password.
SubjectSpecifies the subject of the certificate to import.

Output Objects

The following is the full list of the output objects returned by the cmdlet with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

ImportedCertThis object is returned for each certificate imported from a store.

Configuration Settings

The following is a list of configuration settings for the cmdlet with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

CertCommentA comment to include in a saved certificate.
CertCustomExtensionCountThe number of records in the CertCustomExtension arrays.
CertCustomExtensionCritical[i]Whether or not the extension is defined as critical.
CertCustomExtensionOID[i]The ASN of the extension at index 'i'.
CertCustomExtensionValue[i]The raw value of the extension at index 'i'.
CertExtendedKeyUsageThe extended key usage of the certificate.
CertKeyLengthThe public key length for created certificates and keys.
CertKeyTypeThe types of keys created for new certificates.
CertPublicKeyAlgorithmThe public key algorithm used when a certificate is created.
CertSignatureAlgorithmThe signature algorithm used when creating certificates.
CertSubjectAltNamesSubject Alternative Names for creating or issuing certificates.
CertUsageFlagsSets the flags indicating the usage of the created certificate.
CertValidityOffsetThe number of days until the certificate becomes valid.
CertValidityTimeThe validity period for the certificate.
CreatedKeyThe PKCS8 formatted private and public key pair created after calling CreateKey.
CSPThe Cryptographic Service Provider.
CSRIgnoredExtensionsExtensions to be ignorned when signing a CSR.
CSRKeyThe PKCS8 formatted private key to use when generating a CSR.
EncodeExportedCertWhether the certificate being exported to a string is encoded.
ImportCertActionSpecified the action to take if a matching certificate or a link to a matching certificate already exists.
ImportCertStoreTypeThe type of certificate store being specified for import.
JWKAlgorithmThe JWK algorithm.
JWKExportX5CWhether to export a certificate chain to the x5c parameter.
JWKKeyIdThe JWK key Id.
JWKKeyOpsThe JWK intended key operations list.
JWKUseThe JWK use parameter value.
KeyFormatHow the public and private key are formatted.
LogLevelThe level of detail that is logged.
ReplaceKeyWhether or not to replace an existing key when creating a new key.
RequestSubjectAltNamesSubject Alternative Names for a Certificate Signing Request.
X509AlgorithmPublic Key Algorithm OID.
X509SignatureAlgorithmSignature Algorithm OID.
BuildInfoInformation about the product's build.
CodePageThe system code page used for Unicode to Multibyte translations.
LicenseInfoInformation about the current license.
UseInternalSecurityAPITells the component whether or not to use the system security libraries or an internal implementation.

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