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TLS 1.3

TLS 1.3 enables the latest version of the TLS protocol (when supported) for improved security and performance.

What is TLS 1.3?

TLS 1.3 is the newest, fastest, and most secure version of the TLS protocol. SSL/TLS is the protocol that encrypts communication between users and your website. When web traffic is encrypted with TLS, users will see the green padlock in their browser window.

By turning on the TLS 1.3 feature, traffic to and from your website will be served over the TLS 1.3 protocol when supported by clients. TLS 1.3 protocol has improved latency over older versions, has several new features, and is currently supported in both Chrome (starting with release 66), Firefox (starting with release 60), and in development for Safari and Edge browsers.

Enable TLS 1.3

TLS 1.3 requires a two-step activation: in the Cloudflare dashboard and in the browser.

Enable TLS 1.3 in the Cloudflare dashboard

  1. Log into your Cloudflare account and go to a specific domain.
  2. Navigate to SSL/TLS > Edge Certificates.
  3. For TLS 1.3, switch the toggle to On.

Enable TLS 1.3 in the browser

Chrome
  1. In the address bar, enter chrome://flags and press Enter.
  2. Scroll to locate the TLS 1.3 Early Data entry, and set it to Enabled. A message saying that the change will take effect the next time you relaunch Chrome will appear.
  3. Click RELAUNCH NOW to restart Chrome.

After enabling TLS 1.3, visit a site with TLS 1.3 enabled over HTTPS. Then:

  1. Open Chrome Developer Tools.
  2. Click the Security tab.
  3. Reload the page (Command-R in Mac OS, Ctrl-R in Windows).
  4. Click on the site under Main origin.
  5. Under Connection, confirm that the protocol is TLS 1.3.
Firefox
  1. In the address bar, enter about:config and click to accept the warranty warning.
  2. Search for security.tls.version.max and change the value from 3 (the default) to 4.

After enabling TLS 1.3, visit a site with TLS 1.3 enabled over HTTPS. Then:

  1. Click the lock icon in the address bar.
  2. Click on Connection secure > More information.
  3. Under Technical Details, verify that the TLS version is TLS 1.3.

Troubleshooting

Since TLS 1.3 implementations are relatively new, some failures may occur. If you experience errors, submit a Cloudflare Support ticket with the following information:

  • Steps to replicate the issue (if possible)
  • Client build version
  • Client diagnostic information
  • Packet captures

Chrome users should submit a net-internals trace to Google. Firefox users should report bugs to Mozilla.