eSignR is a software for digital signatures that lets you sign legally according to Swiss and EU law.
The first step is to load the ready-to-sign PDF into the eSignR software. Via Swisscom’s Mobile ID app, you receive a notification asking you to confirm the electronic signature. As soon as the code to be verified has been confirmed by you, you can save the digitally signed PDF. Learn more about how the technical process works in the background under this link.
The eSignR software is available for the operating systems Windows, macOS and Linux.
Follow the instructions at www.esignr.ch/installation-software and install the package for your operating system.
To log in to the eSignR software, you need an access code (access key for the eSignR software). The access code must be generated in the online portal. To do this, log in to the online portal and select the ‘Generate access code’ button on the dashboard.
The access code will only be made visible when it is generated. If you forget the access code, you can create a new access code. Important: This will automatically cause the old access code to expire.
The eSignR software is available in English, German, French and Italian.
Yes, the eSignR plans are automatically renewed for the corresponding period for which they were resolved. This means that if you have taken out a monthly eSignR subscription, it will be automatically extended by one month. If you have taken out an annual eSignR subscription, it will be automatically extended by one year at a time.
You can edit your eSignR subscription in the online portal at https://app.test.esignr.ch/webapp/login. Go to the dashboard, click on “My user profile” and then on “Delete account”. This will delete your subscription, all credit will be forfeited and all users associated with your account will be deleted. This process cannot be reversed.
Log in to https://app.test.esignr.ch/webapp/login, click on “Change eSignR subscription” on the “eSignR subscription” tile and take out a new subscription. Your current subscription will be deactivated and the new one will be valid immediately.
You have the option of testing eSignR once free of charge in the legal area of Switzerland and Europe for one month. You must be identified for the test version. Even with the eSignR trial version, you can sign as many documents as you want with a legally valid signature. Click here for the free trial version of eSignR.
The eSignR signature software is suitable for all users who want to sign legally according to the QES standard in the European and Swiss legal area. For users who attach great importance to confidentiality, eSignR is the optimal solution, because with eSignR documents never leave their own device.
To ensure the best possible confidentiality, the manufacturer of eSignR has decided that during the digital signature process, personal documents never leave their own device.
To sign a locally available document, eSignR calculates a fingerprint of the document. For this, and only for this, a legally valid qualified electronic signature is requested from a signature provider that complies with current standards. If the person willing to sign is identified and authorised, he or she announces his or her declaration of intent via a second factor. The fingerprint is enriched with additional data so that the time and originator of the signature can be assigned beyond doubt.
Learn more about the technical process of eSignR.
The electronic signature is a cryptographic (i.e. mathematical) procedure that makes it possible to verify the non-repudiable authorship and integrity of a document. The procedure works with a pair of keys, a secret signature key (private key) and a public verification key (public key). The originator of a document signs the document with his secret signature key. In the process, a value is calculated (the digital signature), which the recipient of the document can check with the author’s public verification key. The assignment of a certain key pair to a concrete person is done by a so-called digital certificate. Via the certificate, an existing signature can thus be assigned to a person without any doubt. A signed document cannot be subsequently changed without the signature losing its validity.
The Swiss Federal Electronic Signature Act (ZertES) regulates how signature and verification keys must be used and managed by trusted third parties. These so-called providers of certification services must be recognised according to ZertES in order for their products to have the desired legal effect. The key pairs issued by the certification service providers can be used to apply so-called qualified electronic signatures to documents. According to the Code of Obligations (OR Art. 14 para. 2 bis), such signatures are equivalent to hand signatures.
The highest digital signature status is the qualified electronic signature (QES). All signatures created with eSignR have QES status.
The certification authority (CA) is responsible for creating, issuing, managing and revoking electronic certificates and acts as a trusted third party within a security infrastructure. At the request of a subscriber and after checking the uniqueness, the Certification Authority generates a key.
By using the eSignR software, you automatically sign at the highest signature level “QES” (qualified electronic signature). Learn more in the blog article “EES, QES or FES? – What are the differences between digital signatures?” to learn more about the differences in the evidential value of the various signature standards.
For documents that must comply with Swiss law, we recommend that you use the signature validator of the Swiss Confederation (CH Validator). For documents that have to comply with EU law, we recommend you use the signature validator of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (EU-Validator).
Yes, for existing eSignR on-premise solutions we offer individual corporate design. It is possible to customise eSignR with your company logo, font and corporate colours for recognition purposes according to your corporate identity.
With the RA app, our partner, Swisscom Trust Services, offers companies the option of identifying employees themselves. For example, you can have employees from the HR department trained as RA agents and save the rest of your employees the trip to the Swisscom shop for identification, which is particularly advantageous for larger companies.