How do you change ssh key passphrase?

We have a droplet which is using Ubuntu 16.04. We are logging via ssh. We need to change the passphrase.

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Bobby Iliev
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January 2, 2020
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To change the passphrase for your SSH key, you could use the following command:

ssh-keygen -p -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa

You will be asked to enter the old passphrase first followed by your new passphrase. The output would look something like this:

Enter old passphrase: ****
Enter new passphrase (empty for no passphrase): ****
Enter same passphrase again:                    ****
Your identification has been saved with the new passphrase.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby

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