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How to install an SSL Certificate on Ant Media Server

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If you have no SSL certificate on Ant Media and embed the streams on third-party websites that have SSL, the streams may not play or may be blocked by modern browsers. And here’s why:

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are used to establish a secure encrypted connection between a web server and a client’s browser. When a website has SSL enabled, it ensures that the data transmitted between the server and the browser remains private and secure.

If you embed Ant Media streams on third-party websites that have SSL (HTTPS), the browser will expect all resources on that page to be served over a secure connection. This includes streaming content.

However, if the Ant Media server does not have an SSL certificate, the browser may block the insecure content, which could result in the streams not playing or being inaccessible to users. Modern browsers have become stricter in enforcing security measures to protect users’ privacy and security.

RECOMMENDED READING: Solved: Ant Media stream refusing to play after embedding

To ensure smooth playback and compatibility across different browsers, it is generally recommended to have SSL enabled on both the server hosting the streaming content (Ant Media in this case) and the third-party websites where the streams are embedded.

In this article, we will take you step-by-step to help you learn how to install an SSL certificate on Ant Media server, simplifying everything you need to know as always 🙂

Install Ant Media Server

At this point, we believe that you’ve already installed the Ant Media server on your VPS. If you haven’t installed it yet, you need to find a good VPS provider with affordable plans and then install and deploy Ant Media as fast as possible. Here is a well-detailed guide that will help you to understand how to deploy Ant Media server on VPS for a beginner.

RECOMMENDED READING: How to install Ant Media Server on VPS

Open appropriate Firewall ports

The other important step you need to complete before proceeding to install an SSL certificate on Ant Media server is to ensure that the important ports needed by Ant Media are opened through the firewall. Based on the broad experience we have with deploying Ant Media servers, the installation of an SSL certificate is likely to fail if you don’t open critical ports as required. Here is a detailed guide you need to follow to help you understand which ports are needed by Ant Media and how to open them using iptables firewall on Linux systems.

RECOMMENDED READING: How to open Ant Media Ports through the Firewall?

Add a Domain on Ant Media Server

Adding a domain name on Ant Media server is considered one of the critical steps if you want to install an SSL certificate. This means that you will have to point a domain to your server (IP address) on which Ant Media is installed. Let’s say you have a domain name registered from one provider (Namecheap, Godaddy, HostGator, NameHero, etc), and your Ant Media instance is running on another VPS platform (for example, Contabo), you need to add this domain name to your VPS by setting up the necessary DNS records using your VPS management web panel or dashboard given to you by your VPS provider. Then you need to make sure the nameservers provided by your VPS or hosting provider are used in your domain custom nameserver settings, which is done in your domain account as assigned by the domain vendor or domain registrar.

RECOMMENDED READING: How to Point a Domain Name from Namecheap to Contabo VPS

Navigate to Ant Media Directory

Ant Media natively ships with the free SSL installation script, enable_ssl.sh which can be found under the ant media directory. You can get to the Ant Media directory by running the following command on your server terminal;

cd /usr/local/antmedia

After navigating to the Ant Media directory, you need to run the ls command to list the available files so you confirm if the enable_ssl.sh script is available. See the image below;

How to install an SSL Certificate on Ant Media Server

Run the SSL installation Script

Once you’ve confirmed that the SSL installation script, enable_ssl.sh is available as indicated above, the next step is to run it using the following command;

sudo ./enable_ssl.sh -d example.com

Please replace the example.com domain with the actual domain name you want to use for Ant Media. And Make sure you’ve followed the first steps talked about earlier; to point your choice domain to the VPS server IP address which Ant Media server is using.

RECOMMENDED READING: Solved: Protect Ant Media Streams from getting embedded

Once everything is set correctly and the domain name has successfully propagated, you will be able to access your Ant Media admin Web panel using the secure HTTPS URL as seen below;

https://example.com:5443/

RECOMMENDED READING: Solved: SSL not installing on Ant Media Server

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