Can somebody explain copy / paste in the console?

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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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. Restart the ssh service:
  1. systemctl restart sshd.service
  1. 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
  2. Login with password
  3. Type sudo nano ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
  4. Paste public key text here and save the file
  5. Type sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
  6. Change PasswordAuthentication from “yes” to “no” and save the file
  7. 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! Regards, Alex

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.


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


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