SOLVED: error:09091064:PEM routines:PEM_read_bio_ex: bad base64 decode

Last updated on 27 Jul, 2022

In my project, I am using axios to make request to a HTTPS API endpoint. I had to pass the PEM certificate also to make the request work. When making the request, I was thrown with below error:

error:09091064:PEM routines:PEM_read_bio_ex:bad base64 decode

The reason for this error message is that, the certificate file got corrupted for some reason.

In my case, I was trying to create the PEM file by copying the content from crt file. During this process, I accidently deleted one line. When pasted with the correct content, issue got resolved.

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Joby Joseph
Web Architect