Can somebody explain copy / paste in the console?

Posted February 19, 2019 7.3k views
DigitalOceanUbuntu 18.04

I’ve never seen something like this.

I open the my Ubuntu console, it works (barely)

I tried to copy a SSH key via the clipboard, since nothing else works

It translates the lower case to upper case

This is what I’m copying:
ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABJQAAAQEAhv+3iCamfYpQlUBxsMcIsbSFZZcQADlu2ft6nibKukgdrt0wsC38yYMU9MzCk9R8t937E8TXTkmqvUH9djT/b6R

This is what the POS of a terminal copies:
SSH-RSA aaaab4nZAc1YC…

Can somebody try to explain?

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It’s a joke isn’t it? 2020 boyzz and we can’t paste public key, but have to upload those to some public shit and curl them on server. RIDICOULOUS

Hello, all

Keep in mind that you can also put the key in a file hosted on any Dropbox or remote server and then you can just download it via the console using curl or wget

This should do the job for you as well.

The other option is to temporary enable the PasswordAuthentication from no to yes in order to access your droplet using password and then once you’ve entered your key to disable the PasswordAuthentication again. This way is considered more secure than uploading the key to a Dropbox in case you don’t have any other server to us.

  1. Login to the console on DigitalOcean website.
  2. Type sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
  3. Change PasswordAuthentication from “no” to “yes” and save the file
  4. Open a terminal on your computer and type ssh username@[hostname or IP address] or if on a Windows box use PuTTY for password login making sure authentication parameters aren’t pointing to a private key
  5. Login with password
  6. Type sudo nano ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
  7. Paste public key text here and save the file
  8. Type sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
  9. Change PasswordAuthentication from “yes” to “no” and save the file
  10. Log out and attempt to log back in (if using PuTTY make sure you set up auth parameters to point to your private key)

Hope that this helps!


Are you using the console within the Digital Ocean dashboard (opens in the browser) or locally on your machine?

  • Yes

    Because was the only thing that worked. You must use SSH to login to the droplet, there’s no other way, several years ago you could use a password (I don’t know if its because of the image I selected), so there was no way to put a public key in the server other than trying to copy/paste, no FTP, no SSH, no nothing, because there isn’t a public key.

    In the end, I loaded the keys to my account, destroyed the droplet and created a new one with the keys

    I lost so much time trying to copy/paste with this bizarre behaivour. This doesn’t happen when I use PuTTY or any other mean

This problem is so annoying, here’s how I got round it:

copy your ssh key into Notepad++,
select all text,
go to: Edit > Convert Case to > iNVERT cASE

Now copy and paste the inverted key into the Digital Ocean console, which will invert it back to the original.


  • If you don’t want to install Notepad++, I found this site will do the same.

    Copy text, click “Invert Case”, then paste the output in to droplet console.

    I also ran into issue of not being able to paste all at once, so I broke it into smaller chunks and pasted it that way.

    Yes this process was a pain. Has to be a better way.