How Do I Log In with SSH RSA?

December 4, 2014 1.6k views

Created my first droplet. Was excited to see the SSH RSA option in place of the traditional username and password, so I generated my key, plugged in the response code. I launched my server, and it asks for a login.

Since I used the SSH RSA option, no login information was emailed to me. How do I log in?

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  • Not using Ubuntu, however, my first attempt failed also, and it proved to be a corrupt SSH key, thus was defaulting to a basic password request.

    This is what I did. issued,

    ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "$root@$11.22.33.44 -$(date -I)"

    Replace 'root' with your username, and '11.22.33.44' with the IP address of your created droplet.

    The above command will also ask you to provide a key password, and assuming you are using linux as you client, will create the files 'id_rsa' and 'id_rsa.pub' in the .ssh directory of whichever user you are currently logged in as on your local machine.

    Now, paste the contents of the generated 'id_rsa.pub' file, for example, as root, that would be,

    /root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

    into the ssh key section on the droplet create page, or ssh key create page.

    Once the droplet is created, logging into your droplet with, is simply done by issuing,

    ssh root@11.22.33.44

    You will of course be asked for your key password, if you created one.

    HTH.

    Chris.

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This question was answered by @ChrisJPugh:

Not using Ubuntu, however, my first attempt failed also, and it proved to be a corrupt SSH key, thus was defaulting to a basic password request.

This is what I did. issued,

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "$root@$11.22.33.44 -$(date -I)"

Replace 'root' with your username, and '11.22.33.44' with the IP address of your created droplet.

The above command will also ask you to provide a key password, and assuming you are using linux as you client, will create the files 'id_rsa' and 'id_rsa.pub' in the .ssh directory of whichever user you are currently logged in as on your local machine.

Now, paste the contents of the generated 'id_rsa.pub' file, for example, as root, that would be,

/root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

into the ssh key section on the droplet create page, or ssh key create page.

Once the droplet is created, logging into your droplet with, is simply done by issuing,

ssh root@11.22.33.44

You will of course be asked for your key password, if you created one.

HTH.

Chris.

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