SSL_CTX_config.3ssl man page

SSL_CTX_config, SSL_config — configure SSL_CTX or SSL structure


 #include <openssl/ssl.h>

 int SSL_CTX_config(SSL_CTX *ctx, const char *name);
 int SSL_config(SSL *s, const char *name);


The functions SSL_CTX_config() and SSL_config() configure an SSL_CTX or SSL structure using the configuration name.


By calling SSL_CTX_config() or SSL_config() an application can perform many complex tasks based on the contents of the configuration file: greatly simplifying application configuration code. A degree of future proofing can also be achieved: an application can support configuration features in newer versions of OpenSSL automatically.

A configuration file must have been previously loaded, for example using CONF_modules_load_file(). See config(3) for details of the configuration file syntax.

Return Values

SSL_CTX_config() and SSL_config() return 1 for success or 0 if an error occurred.


If the file "config.cnf" contains the following:

 testapp = test_sect

 # list of confuration modules

 ssl_conf = ssl_sect


 server = server_section


 RSA.Certificate = server-rsa.pem
 ECDSA.Certificate = server-ecdsa.pem
 Ciphers = ALL:!RC4

An application could call:

 if (CONF_modules_load_file("config.cnf", "testapp", 0) <= 0) {
      fprintf(stderr, "Error processing config file\n");
      goto err;

 ctx = SSL_CTX_new(TLS_server_method());

 if (SSL_CTX_config(ctx, "server") == 0) {
     fprintf(stderr, "Error configuring server.\n");
     goto err;

In this example two certificates and the cipher list are configured without the need for any additional application code.

See Also

config(3), SSL_CONF_cmd(3), CONF_modules_load_file(3)


SSL_CTX_config() and SSL_config() were first added to OpenSSL 1.1.0


2017-03-06 1.1.0e OpenSSL