How to run Bitbucket Server over HTTPS with a Personal Information Exchange (PFX) keystore

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Platform Notice: Server and Data Center Only - This article only applies to Atlassian products on the server and data center platforms.

Atlassian applications allow the use of SSL within our products, however Atlassian Support does not provide assistance for configuring it. Consequently, Atlassian cannot guarantee providing any support for it.

  • If assistance with conversions of certificates is required, please consult with the vendor who provided the certificate.
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Certificates with the extension .pfx or .p12 usually use PKCS12 as encryption mechanism and this type of certificate is possible to be used in Tomcat without any conversion.

(info) Usually certificates generated by Microsoft's Certification Authority console use PKCS12.


You can check the Keystore type of your certificate using the following keytool command "keytool -list -keystore path_to_certificate.pfx -storetype PKCS12" and in case it's indeed PKCS12 you'll see the following output:

$ keytool -list -keystore cert.pfx -storetype PKCS12
Enter keystore password:  

Keystore type: PKCS12
Keystore provider: SunJSSE

Your keystore contains 1 entry


  1. Shutdown Bitbucket Server
  2. Bitbucket Server 5.0+
    1. Adjust the connector properties in as described in Securing Bitbucket Server with Tomcat using SSL. To set the keystore type, set the following:

  3. Bitbucket Server 4.14 and below
    1. Adjust your SSL connector into the server.xml file. This is an example of SSL connector using keystoreType="PKCS12":

      <Connector port="443" protocol="org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol"
      			maxHttpHeaderSize="8192" SSLEnabled="true"
      			maxThreads="150" minSpareThreads="25" maxSpareThreads="75"
      			enableLookups="false" disableUploadTimeout="true"
      			acceptCount="100" scheme="https" secure="true"
      			keystoreFile="C:\path_to_cert\certificate.pfx" keystorePass="certificate_password" keyAlias="1" keystoreType="PKCS12"
      			clientAuth="false" connectionTimeout="20000"  sslProtocol="TLS" useBodyEncodingForURI="true"/>
  4. Restart Bitbucket Server.

Last modified on May 2, 2017

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