.PEM File Extension

Privacy Enhanced Mail

A PEM file is a text file used to store digital certificates. It uses plain text headers and footers to indicate the beginning and end of the certificate data, which is encoded in Base64. PEM files of...

General Information

Title PEM File Extension
Extension .pem
Full Form Privacy Enhanced Mail
File Type Certificate File
Developer N/A
MIME Type application/x-pem-file

File Function

Primary Function Store certificate
Additional Functions Store private keys, public keys
Features ASCII encoding, Base64

File Characteristics

Quality High security
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes

Use Cases

SSL/TLS Certificates Yes
Authentication Yes
Email Encryption Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Key exposure
Best Practices Strong encryption, Access control

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1993
Latest Update Ongoing

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .crt, .key, .cer, .p12

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
OpenSSL Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix
Apache HTTP Server Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix
nginx Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix