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August 22, 2012

How to Convert a .pfx/.p12 File to a Java Keystore (.jks) with the Java “keytool”

Filed under: Development — noblemaster @ 20:27

I managed to acquire a code signing certificate in .pfx format from Comodo. There are a couple solutions in the internet suggesting to download jetty or install OpenSSL to convert the .pfx to a Java Keystore (.jks). However, the solution is much simpler and only requires the keytool included in the Java Development Kit. The whole procedure requires 2 steps and allows creation of a custom alias for the Java Keystore.

For Step 1, we need to find the alias stored in the .pfx file. Copy your key file (e.g. keyfile.pfx) into the same folder as the Java keytool. Then run the following command in the console to create a listing of all the certificates in your keyfile.

keytool -v -list -storetype pkcs12 -keystore keyfile.pfx > keyfile.txt

Look for “Alias name:” in the outputted keyfile.txt. Your alias name should be called something like the following: “company name llc’s comodo ca limited id“.

For Step 2, we convert the keyfile.pfx to a Java Keystore. Make sure you enter the [PFX ALIAS] exactly as found in Step 1. The [JKS ALIAS] can be freely chosen and is your Java Keystore alias.

-importkeystore -srckeystore keyfile.pfx -srcstoretype pkcs12 -srcalias “[PFX ALIAS]”
-destkeystore keyfile.jks -deststoretype jks -destalias “[JKS ALIAS]”

That’s all that’s there too it; the keyfile.jks is your new Java Keystore.


  1. thanks! needed this.

    Comment by Jeryl Cook — October 9, 2012 @ 22:39

  2. Thanks so much!

    Comment by Tiger — April 11, 2013 @ 22:56

  3. Thanks. 2 Years later this is still really helpful.

    Comment by Mike — April 27, 2014 @ 02:12

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