Changing the hostname

This section guides you through changing the hostname of WSO2 Identity Server.

  1. Change the hostname ( Example: in <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/deployment.toml.

    hostname = ""
  2. All keystores in WSO2 IS are stored in the <IS_HOME>/repository/resources/security folder. Navigate to the security folder on the command prompt and use the following command to create a new keystore with


    keytool -genkey -alias <alias_name> -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -keystore <keystore_name>.jks -dname "CN=<hostname>, OU=<organizational_unit>,O=<organization>,L=<Locality>,S=<State/province>,C=<country_code>" -storepass <keystore_password> -keypass <confirm_keystore_password>

    Replace the values enclosed in <> in the command given above with a value you prefer as shown in the following sample command.

    Sample keytool command

    keytool -genkey -alias newcert -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -keystore newkeystore.jks -dname ", OU=Is,O=Wso2,L=SL,S=WS,C=LK" -storepass mypassword -keypass mypassword
  3. If the keystore name and password is changed, all the references to it within the WSO2 Identity Server must be updated as well. Add following configuration to deployment.toml file in the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/ folder.

    file_name = "new-keystore.jks"
    password = "new-keystore-password"
    alias = "new-private-key-alias"
    key_password = "new-private-key-password"
  4. Export the public key from your key store .jks file using the following command:


    keytool -export -alias <alias_name> -keystore <keystore_name>.jks -file <public_key_name>.pem

    Replace the values enclosed in <> in the command given above with a value you prefer as shown in the sample command below.

    Sample keytool command

    keytool -export -alias newcert -keystore newkeystore.jks -file pkn.pem
  5. Import the public key you extracted in the previous step to the client-truststore.jks file using the following command:


    keytool -import -alias <alias_name> -file <public_key_name>.pem -keystore client-truststore.jks -storepass <keystore_password>

    Replace the values enclosed in <> in the command given above with a value you prefer as shown in the following sample command.

    Sample keytool command

    keytool -import -alias newcert -file pkn.pem -keystore client-truststore.jks -storepass wso2carbon

    If you create a new client-trust-store, in-place of the default client-truststore.jks, place the new trust-store in <IS_HOME>/repository/resources/security/ folder and add following configuration to deployment.toml in <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/ folder.

    file_name = "custome-trustore-name.jks" 
    password = "password" 
  6. Verfiy the hostname change by attempting to log into the dashboard, getting a token from any grant type, etc.

  7. If you are trying this out on your local machine, open etc/hosts/ file and add the following entry to map the new hostname. NOTE: is used as an example in the sample entry shown below.

Note that when you recreate the keystore in full, a new key-pair value is created. This means that any existing encrypted data (Example users created before recreating the keystore) are still encrypted using the original keystore (wso2carbon.jks). Therefore, older users will not be able to log in to the dashboard and therefore, they need to be migrated. You can use one of the following options in this situation:

Option 1

Change the hostname. The hostname is part of the Subject of the Certificate (i.e., it is not part of the original key-pair). Therefore, you can use the same public and private key pair to generate a new CSR with the updated CN (subject). This can be done by adding the -dname option when -certreq is executed. Once the CA certificate is obtained, follow the instructions given in the importing certificates to the keystore topic to import it correctly. By doing that, you do not need to touch the key-pair, and any other operations performed using the same key pair will not get affected (encryption, etc.)

Option 2

Create a new keystore with the instructions (as in described in the hostname section) for the new hostname and then use that keystore for SSL/TLS by changing Tomcat connector configuration as described in the Configuring Keystores in WSO2 Products topic. This approach separates the keystores. The secondary keystore with the new hostname will only be used for Tomcat SSL/TLS communication, while the primary one is used for all other operations (encryption, etc.). By doing this, you can make sure that the existing encrypted data is not affected.


If you have chosen Option 2, you MUST maintain and secure the two keystores. Hence, Option 1 is recommended, unless you prefer separation of keys used in SSL/TLS communication and internal data encryption, signing, etc.

Once this is done, you need to change all localhost references. The following main changes are applied to the references:

  • The configurations in the <IS_HOME/repository/conf/deployment.toml file that references localhost.
  • The entity ID that is available in the resident identity provider configurations.
  • The callback URLs of the federated identity providers.
  • The callback URLs of the default system applications such as the User Portal application.