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How do I add ssh keys to an existing droplet when getting Permission denied (publickey).

I provisioned a One-Click Install Gitlab instance a while ago. Since then, I lost the machine I used to provision the box due to a power surge, thus lost the SSH keys as well.

I am now trying to access the box but I am getting a Permission denied (publickey). I have tried a lot of solutions based on what I could get off the internet but to no success.

Can you please help.

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You would need to add the key using the DigitalOcean’s console since you’re not able to connect from your local machine.

What you can do is copy the content of your idrsa.pub to the /root/.ssh/authorizedkeys file and then you’ll be able to connect to your droplet.

Let me know how it goes.

Hello, @ditjhabas

You can follow this tutorial in order to upload your ssh key to an existing droplet.

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

Let me know how it goes.