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How do you copy and paste into the console?

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I had a machine crash, and needed to setup another one with SSH access. I got the console login ok, but no way to paste my public key there. Just spent a whole day trying to find a way to do this.

My solution, finally was to put the public key on a public dropbox folder, then in the console, use:

curl 'https://dl.dropbox.....' > temp1
cat temp1 >> .ssh/authorized_keys

The attached JS snippet never worked for me, and I didn’t have the patience to debug/improve the snippet (maybe that was a mistake since I wasted a whole day). Some versions drop characters, some changed them, some capitalize during the script paste action.

I might understand security issues which caused DO to decide not to allow copy-paste in the console, but they must supply an alternative way to upload an SSH key.

This issue is from 2013. It’s about time DO solved this. Thanks.

What I can share is how to paste command lines in the console.

  1. Copy the console URL and paste it to a new window. ex.

  2. Open Developer Tools then click Console tab

  3. Copy and paste the codes below. Taken from stackoverflow

var sendString = (function(rfb, force, sendDelay) { 
  sendDelay = sendDelay || 25;
  var _q = [];
  var _qStart = function() {
    var chr = _q.shift();
    if (chr) {
      setTimeout(_qStart, sendDelay);
  var _qStop = function() { _q.length = 0; };
  var fn = function sendString(str) {
    str = str || '';
    var chr;
    for (var i=0; i < str.length; i++) {
      chr = str[i].charCodeAt();
  if (rfb.sendString && true !== force) {
    console.warn('rfb.sendString not installed because it already exists.  Use force if you\'d like');
  else {
    rfb.sendString = fn;
  return fn;
  1. On the same console type sendString(“Commandline to be pasted in the console”)

Let’s try to REQUIRE DIGITAL OCEAN to change it’s UGLY interface: no one works today without copy/paste.