Permission denied (publickey)

I successfully managed to gain access to the server in my terminal through the ssh command. What i can’t do or perform is uploading the static files of my website to the server through the scp command. It provides the error shown above (Permission denied (publickey)). I tried adding my rsa key to the known_hosts file through the droplet console but to no avail. Please assist.

I also tried to delete the files in the known_host file, said yes to the ssh host verification but the same error still finds me. What is the best way to avoid this error?

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March 17, 2022

Hello there,

As per Bobby’s answer, the key must be added in the authorized_keys

You can check our article on How to Upload an SSH Public Key to an Existing Droplet


Bobby Iliev
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March 16, 2022


You need to add your public SSH key to the ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file rather than the known_hosts file.

Let me know how it goes!