How to add a custom CA Root certificate to the CA Store used by pip in Windows?

Python Programming

Question or problem about Python programming:

I just installed Python3 from and am having trouble installing packages with pip. By design, there is a man-in-the-middle packet inspection appliance on the network here that inspects all packets (ssl included) by resigning all ssl connections with its own certificate. Part of the GPO pushes the custom root certificate into the Windows Keystore.

When using Java, if I need to access any external https sites, I need to manually update the cacerts in the JVM to trust the Self-Signed CA certificate.

How do I accomplish that for python? Right now, when I try to install packages using pip, understandably, I get wonderful [SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] errors.

I realize I can ignore them using the –trusted-host parameter, but I don’t want to do that for every package I’m trying to install.

Is there a way to update the CA Certificate store that python uses?

How to solve the problem:

Solution 1:

Self-Signed Certificate Authorities pip / conda

After extensively documenting a similar problem with Git (How can I make git accept a self signed certificate?), here we are again behind a corporate firewall with a proxy giving us a MitM “attack” that we should trust and:

NEVER disable all SSL verification!
This creates a bad security culture. Don’t be that person.

pip config set global.cert path/to/ca-bundle.crt pip config list conda config --set ssl_verify path/to/ca-bundle.crt conda config --show ssl_verify # Bonus while we are here... git config --global http.sslVerify true git config --global http.sslCAInfo path/to/ca-bundle.crt 

But where do we get ca-bundle.crt?

Get an up to date CA Bundle

cURL publishes an extract of the Certificate Authorities bundled with Mozilla Firefox

  • Direct Download
  • SHA256

I recommend you open up this cacert.pem file in a text editor as we will need to add our self-signed CA to this file.

Certificates are a document complying with X.509 but they can be encoded to disk a few ways. The below article is a good read but the short version is that we are dealing with the base64 encoding which is often called PEM in the file extensions. You will see it has the format:

----BEGIN CERTIFICATE---- .... base64 encoded binary data .... ----END CERTIFICATE----

Getting our Self Signed Certificate

Below are a few options on how to get our self signed certificate:

  • Via OpenSSL CLI
  • Via Browser
  • Via Python Scripting
Get our Self-Signed Certificate by OpenSSL CLI

echo quit | openssl s_client -showcerts -servername "" -connect > cacert.pem 
Get our Self-Signed Certificate Authority via Browser
  • Acquiring your CA:

Thanks to this answer and the linked blog, it shows steps (on Windows) how to view the certificate and then copy to file using the base64 PEM encoding option.

Copy the contents of this exported file and paste it at the end of your cacerts.pem file.

For consistency rename this file cacerts.pem –> ca-bundle.crt and place it somewhere easy like:

# Windows %USERPROFILE%\certs\ca-bundle.crt # or *nix $HOME/certs/cabundle.crt 
Get our Self-Signed Certificate Authority via Python

Thanks to all the brilliant answers in:

How to get response SSL certificate from requests in python?

I have put together the following to attempt to take it a step further.


Set the configuration in pip and conda so that it knows where this CA store resides with our extra self-signed CA.

pip config set global.cert %USERPROFILE%\certs\ca-bundle.crt conda config --set ssl_verify %USERPROFILE%\certs\ca-bundle.crt 


pip config set global.cert $HOME/certs/ca-bundle.crt conda config --set ssl_verify $HOME/certs/ca-bundle.crt 


pip config list conda config --show ssl_verify # Hot tip: use -v to show where your pip config file is... pip config list -v # Example output for macOS and homebrew installed python For variant 'global', will try loading '/Library/Application Support/pip/pip.conf' For variant 'user', will try loading '/Users/jpeak/.pip/pip.conf' For variant 'user', will try loading '/Users/jpeak/.config/pip/pip.conf' For variant 'site', will try loading '/usr/local/Cellar/python/3.7.4/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.7/pip.conf' 
  • Pip SSL:
  • Conda SSL:
  • Acquiring your CA:
  • Using Python to automatically grab your Peer CA: How to get response SSL certificate from requests in python?

Solution 2:

Run: python -c "import ssl; print(ssl.get_default_verify_paths())" to check the current paths which are used to verify the certificate. Add your company’s root certificate to one of those.

The path openssl_capath_env points to the environment variable: SSL_CERT_DIR.

If SSL_CERT_DIR doesn’t exist, you will need to create it and point it to a valid folder within your filesystem. You can then add your certificate to this folder to use it.

Solution 3:

Not best answer but you can reuse an already created ca bundle using --cert option of pip, for instance:

pip install SQLAlchemy==1.1.15 --cert="C:\Users\myUser\certificates\my_ca-bundle.crt" 

Solution 4:

On Windows, I solved it by creating a pip.ini file in %APPDATA%\pip\

e.g. C:\Users\asmith\AppData\Roaming\pip\pip.ini

In the pip.ini I put the path to my certificate:

[global] cert=C:\Users\asmith\SSL\teco-ca.crt has more information about the configuration file.

Solution 5:

Alternative solution on Windows is to install python-certifi-win32 that will allow Python to use Windows Certificate Store.

pip install python-certifi-win32 

Solution 6:

I think nt86’s solution is the most appropriate because it leverages the underlying Windows infrastructure (certificate store).
But it doesn’t explain how to install python-certifi-win32 to start with since pip is non functional.

The trick is to use --trustedhost to install python-certifi-win32 and then after that, pip will automatically use the windows certificate store to load the certificate used by the proxy.

So in a nutshell, you should do:

pip install python-certifi-win32 -trustedhost 

and after that you should be good to go

Solution 7:

Open Anaconda Navigator.

Go to File\Preferences.

Enable SSL verification Disable (not recommended)

or Enable and indicate SSL certificate path(Optional)

Update a package to a specific version:

Select Install on Top-Right

Select package click on tick

Mark for update

Mark for specific version installation

Click Apply

Hope this helps!