No installation necessary besides Java
Apart from the fact that you must have Java installed on your PC, there are no setup packs involved. You can drop the app's directory to any part of the disk and just click the JAR file to launch Portecle.
There is also the alternative to save a copy to a pen drive to run it on any PC (with Java) directly. More importantly, it does not modify Windows registry settings or create extra files without your permission, thus leaving no traces behind after its removal.
Straightforward interface and options
The GUI is user-friendly, made from a single window with a plain and simple layout, where you can add new key stores by specifying the type, whether it's JKS, PKCS #1, JCEKS, JKS (case sensitive), BKS, BKS-V1 or UBER.
Portecle lets you generate a key pair via DSA or RSA with a preferred size, import trusted certificates and key pairs, change the key store type, set a password, generate and study a report, as well as to examine certificates, SSL/TLS connections, certification requests, and CRL file contents.
Evaluation and conclusion
There were no stability issues in our tests, since Portecle did not freeze, crash or pop up error messages. It has a good response time to commands and uses low system resources, so it does not hamper the machine's performance. Although it is not that attractive, Portecle provides a simple way of managing data related to key stores and certificates.
Reviewed by Elena Opris on September 23rd, 2014
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- Add support for BKS-V1 keystores (thanks to Jan Peter Stotz, #3)
- Command line arg that looks like host:port opens SSL/TLS connection dialog
- Finnish translation (incomplete)
Application descriptionPortecle is a handy, user friendly, Java based GUI application that will help you create, manage and examine key store...