How to use the Putty generated key in ubuntu to connect to a droplet?

April 5, 2015 1.9k views
Security Configuration Management

Hi Guys,
I have a Putty generated key in my windows laptop to connect to my VPS using Putty and its working fine but dont know how to use the same key on my ubuntu machine to connect to my VPS.
Do i have your help?

1 Answer

Hi! In order to use a PuTTy private key on a Linux machine, you will need to convert it to the OpenSSH format.

Open your PuTTy key in PuTTygen and then click on Export OpenSSH under Conversions. Then, transfer the resulting file to your Linux machine.

You can use it by passing it along with -i to the ssh command, like this:

ssh -i /path/to/exported/key user@ip

You can also move it to ~/.ssh/id_rsa if you do not already have an SSH key there.

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