Cryptography and SSL/TLS Toolkit



SSL_get_peer_certificate, SSL_get0_peer_certificate, SSL_get1_peer_certificate - get the X509 certificate of the peer


#include <openssl/ssl.h>

X509 *SSL_get0_peer_certificate(const SSL *ssl);
X509 *SSL_get1_peer_certificate(const SSL *ssl);

The following function has been deprecated since OpenSSL 3.0, and can be hidden entirely by defining OPENSSL_API_COMPAT with a suitable version value, see openssl_user_macros(7):

X509 *SSL_get_peer_certificate(const SSL *ssl);


These functions return a pointer to the X509 certificate the peer presented. If the peer did not present a certificate, NULL is returned.


Due to the protocol definition, a TLS/SSL server will always send a certificate, if present. A client will only send a certificate when explicitly requested to do so by the server (see SSL_CTX_set_verify(3)). If an anonymous cipher is used, no certificates are sent.

That a certificate is returned does not indicate information about the verification state, use SSL_get_verify_result(3) to check the verification state.

The reference count of the X509 object returned by SSL_get1_peer_certificate() is incremented by one, so that it will not be destroyed when the session containing the peer certificate is freed. The X509 object must be explicitly freed using X509_free().

The reference count of the X509 object returned by SSL_get0_peer_certificate() is not incremented, and must not be freed.

SSL_get_peer_certificate() is an alias of SSL_get1_peer_certificate().


The following return values can occur:


No certificate was presented by the peer or no connection was established.

Pointer to an X509 certificate

The return value points to the certificate presented by the peer.


ssl(7), SSL_get_verify_result(3), SSL_CTX_set_verify(3)


SSL_get0_peer_certificate() and SSL_get1_peer_certificate() were added in 3.0.0. SSL_get_peer_certificate() was deprecated in 3.0.0.

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