Can I use 'copy and paste' to enter my new assigned password?

Posted June 13, 2017 10k views
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I spun up a new droplet. Received e password via email. Used DO Console.Tried dozens of times to enter password but the procedure timed out before I could. Succeeded once but procedure asked then asked me to: “Change password immediately! Asked for old password but timed out even before I entered a single character!

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  • Same problem. This is ridiculous.

    I need to get into an old droplet that I don’t have my ssh key for so need to use the console with a root password that was reset. I can’t type in the damn autogen password fast enough and paste doesn’t work. Good grief.

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The console in the control panel does not support copy/paste and is recommended for emergency access to your droplet only. For general work, configuration and maintaince of your server we recommend using the command line ssh client on Linux or Mac or PuTTY on Windows to access your server. These options all support copy/paste.

Hey everyone,
I’m a product manager here at DigitalOcean and I wanted to send a quick update about this issue. We just released the ability to paste text into our Cloud console! Give it a try and let us know if there is anything else we can help with.

I just tried and is not working.
I am using console only due to some security restrictions in place and as I use a German layout keyboard I cannot type curly brackets nor pipe sign. So I thought copy/pèaste would helpo me in this regard but unfortunately its still not in place.
I am using IE & Mozilla Firefox.
At this stage DO cannot be used so I need to move forward to another platform. What a pity as it was looking promissing at first sight.

Hello, all

The Copy/Paste functionality of our web console is a bit odd; the code backing it is custom due to the way the VNC window is implemented for accessing your Droplet. It isn’t a good idea, in my experience, to rely on the console for long copy/pasting like an SSH key.

My recommended method to get the key on the Droplet is over SSH itself.

You can also check our docs on How to Connect to Droplets with SSH:

There are two options at the bottom of the doc:
Connect with OpenSSH
Connect with PuTTY

Hope that this helps!