Quickstart: Set and retrieve a certificate from Azure Key Vault using the Azure portal

Azure Key Vault is a cloud service that provides a secure store for secrets. You can securely store keys, passwords, certificates, and other secrets. Azure key vaults may be created and managed through the Azure portal. In this quickstart, you create a key vault, then use it to store a certificate. For more information on Key Vault, review the Overview.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Sign in to Azure

Sign in to the Azure portal at https://portal.azure.com.

Create a vault

  1. From the Azure portal menu, or from the Home page, select Create a resource.
  2. In the Search box, enter Key Vault.
  3. From the results list, choose Key Vault.
  4. On the Key Vault section, choose Create.
  5. On the Create key vault section provide the following information:
    • Name: A unique name is required. For this quickstart, we use Example-Vault.
    • Subscription: Choose a subscription.
    • Under Resource Group, choose Create new and enter a resource group name.
    • In the Location pull-down menu, choose a location.
    • Leave the other options to their defaults.
  6. After providing the information above, select Create.

Take note of the two properties listed below:

  • Vault Name: In the example, this is Example-Vault. You will use this name for other steps.
  • Vault URI: In the example, this is https://example-vault.vault.azure.net/. Applications that use your vault through its REST API must use this URI.

At this point, your Azure account is the only one authorized to perform operations on this new vault.

Output after Key Vault creation completes

Add a certificate to Key Vault

To add a certificate to the vault, you just need to take a couple of additional steps. In this case, we add a self-signed certificate that could be used by an application. The certificate is called ExampleCertificate.

  1. On the Key Vault properties pages, select Certificates.
  2. Click on Generate/Import.
  3. On the Create a certificate screen choose the following values:
    • Method of Certificate Creation: Generate.
    • Certificate Name: ExampleCertificate.
    • Subject: CN=ExampleDomain
    • Leave the other values to their defaults. (By default, if you don't specify anything special in Advanced policy, it'll be usable as a client auth certificate.)
  4. Click Create.

Once that you receive the message that the certificate has been successfully created, you may click on it on the list. You can then see some of the properties. If you click on the current version, you can see the value you specified in the previous step.

Certificate properties

Export certificate from Key Vault

By clicking "Download in CER format" or "Download in PFX/PEM format" button, you can download the certificate.

Certificate download

Clean up resources

Other Key Vault quickstarts and tutorials build upon this quickstart. If you plan to continue on to work with subsequent quickstarts and tutorials, you may wish to leave these resources in place. When no longer needed, delete the resource group, which deletes the Key Vault and related resources. To delete the resource group through the portal:

  1. Enter the name of your resource group in the Search box at the top of the portal. When you see the resource group used in this quickstart in the search results, select it.
  2. Select Delete resource group.
  3. In the TYPE THE RESOURCE GROUP NAME: box type in the name of the resource group and select Delete.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you created a Key Vault and stored a certificate in it. To learn more about Key Vault and how to integrate it with your applications, continue on to the articles below.