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trustme: #1 quality TLS certs while you wait

You wrote a cool network client or server. It encrypts connections using TLS. Your test suite needs to make TLS connections to itself.

Uh oh. Your test suite probably doesn't have a valid TLS certificate. Now what?

trustme is a tiny Python package that does one thing: it gives you a fake certificate authority (CA) that you can use to generate fake TLS certs to use in your tests. Well, technically they're real certs, they're just signed by your CA, which nobody trusts. But you can trust it. Trust me.

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Install: pip install -U trustme


Bug tracker and source code:

Tested on: Python 2.7 and Python 3.5+, CPython and PyPy

License: MIT or Apache 2, your choice.

Code of conduct: Contributors are requested to follow our code of conduct in all project spaces.

Cheat sheet

Programmatic usage:

import trustme

# ----- Creating certs -----

# Look, you just created your certificate authority!
ca = trustme.CA()

# And now you issued a cert signed by this fake CA
server_cert = ca.issue_cert(u"")

# That's it!

# ----- Using your shiny new certs -----

# You can configure SSL context objects to trust this CA:
# Or configure them to present the server certificate
# You can use standard library or PyOpenSSL context objects here,
# trustme is happy either way.

# ----- or -----

# Save the PEM-encoded data to a file to use in non-Python test
# suites:

# ----- or -----

# Put the PEM-encoded data in a temporary file, for libraries that
# insist on that:
with ca.cert_pem.tempfile() as ca_temp_path:
    requests.get("https://...", verify=ca_temp_path)

Command line usage:

$ # Certs may be generated from anywhere. Here's where we are:
$ pwd
$ # ----- Creating certs -----
$ python -m trustme
Generated a certificate for 'localhost', '', '::1'
Configure your server to use the following files:
Configure your client to use the following files:
$ # ----- Using certs -----
$ gunicorn --keyfile server.key --certfile server.pem app:app
$ curl --cacert client.pem https://localhost:8000/
Hello, world!


Should I use these certs for anything real? Certainly not.

Why not just use self-signed certificates? These are more realistic. You don't have to disable your certificate validation code in your test suite, which is good because you want to test what you run in production, and you would never disable your certificate validation code in production, right? Plus, they're just as easy to work with. Actually easier, in many cases.

What if I want to test how my code handles some bizarre TLS configuration? We think trustme hits a sweet spot of ease-of-use and generality as it is. The defaults are carefully chosen to work on all major operating systems and be as fast as possible. We don't want to turn trustme into a second-rate re-export of everything in cryptography. If you have more complex needs, consider using them directly, possibly starting from the trustme code.

Will you automate installing CA cert into system trust store? No. mkcert already does this well, and we would not have anything to add.