Use the File DCV Method

Use these instructions to check the status of your DV certificate order, and then, to use the File DCV method to demonstrate control over the domains on the order.

The File DCV method allows you to demonstrate control over your domain by hosting a .txt file containing a DigiCert generated random value (provided for the domain in your CertCentral account) at a predetermined location on your website.

Once the file is created and placed on your site, DigiCert visits the specified URL to confirm the presence of your random value. Make sure to avoid some of the more common mistakes -- File DCV method common mistakes.

  1. In your CertCentral account, in the sidebar menu, click Certificates > Orders.

  1. On the Orders page, use the filters and advanced search features to locate the pending DV certificate order.

  1. In the Order # column for the pending certificate order, click the order number link.

  1. On the Order # details page, in the Order Status section, check the order's validation status (is the order waiting on domain validation to be completed?).

  1. Under You Need To, click the Prove Control Over Domain link.

  1. In the Prove control of your domain window, in the DCV verification method drop-down list, select File.

  1. Download your fileauth.txt file

    Click the Download fileauth.txt link.

    If your order includes multiple domains, use this fileauth.txt file for each domain on the certificate order.

The random value in the fileauth.txt file expires after thirty days.

  1. Create the [yourdomain.com]/.well-known/pki-validation/ directory

    Create the .well-known/pki-validation/ directory on your site and place your fileauth.txt file in it. You need to make the file available at [yourdomain]/.well-known/pki-validation/fileauth.txt

Windows-based servers: The .well-known folder must be created via command line (mkdir .well-known).

Does your order include multiple domains? Create the .well-known/pki-validation/ directories on the domains and place your fileauth.txt file on them in the specified locations first -- before you run the check. If any domain sites are missing a fileauth.txt file containing the DigiCert provided random value, the "check” will fail.

  1. Verify the fileauth.txt file

    1. In your CertCentral account, in the sidebar menu, click Certificate > Orders.
    2. On the Orders page, in the Order # column of the DV certificate order, click the order number link.
    3. On the Order # details page, in the Order Status section, under You Need To, click the Prove Control Over Domain link.
    4. In the Prove control of your domain window, click Check.
  1. Congratulations! You have completed the domain validation for the domain.