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Access droplet with ssh key

I’m trying to access my droplet through cmder with an ssh just set up in digital ocean, but get the message “root@droplet ip: Permission denied (publickey)”. How do I get through?


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alexdo
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October 2, 2022

Hello @sub359

You can also check this tutorial on how to add your ssh key to an already existing droplet

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/add-ssh-keys/to-existing-droplet/

Regards

KFSys
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October 2, 2022

Hi @sub359,

Well, it seems like that for some reason your Droplet can’t match a your public and private keys.

The first option would be that you need to add the SSH key on your Droplet. To add the SSH key, on your laptop, copy the contents of your id_rsa.pub file, you’ll need to place it on the Droplet, in ~/.ssh/authozired_keys. To get access you can check this link:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/recovery/recovery-console/

The other option would be that when you try to SSH to your Droplet, your Key is not loaded. What you can try to do is:

  1. ssh -i /path/to/ssh/id_rsa.pub root@IPAddress

See if that works. Where /path/to/ssh/id_rsa.pub is the actual path to your SSH key.