From Douglas Hunley

Installing OpenSSL on your Linux workstation is easy and is of great benefit as many applications can be configured to utilize OpenSSL.

The steps to install it are as follows:

  1. Download the latest stable release from OpenSSL.orge
  2. Extract the tarball like so:
    • tar zxvf openssl-0.96b.tar.gz
    • cd openssl-0.96b
  3. Configure the software:
    • perl util/ `which perl`
    • ./config --prefix=/usr --openssldir=/usr/ssl shared
  4. Compile it:
    • make
  5. Remove all existing OpenSSL software:
    • rpm -q -a | grep openssl | while read line
    • do
    • rpm -e --nodeps $line
    • done
  6. Install your new OpenSSL:
    • make install
  7. Update your library resolutions:
    • ldconfig -v

Enjoy your new OpenSSL libraries!

© 2000, Douglas J Hunley (doug at
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