Permission denied (publickey) for SSH login on new droplet. Unable to login

September 23, 2018 1.1k views
Ubuntu 18.04 WordPress

Created a new account. Created SSH keys on local machine under a root secured password. Added newly created SSH key under Security -> Add SSH keys. Created a new droplet. Installed one-click wordpress.

When I am trying to login via SSH I am getting an error saying Permission denied (publickey)

~$ ssh root@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

The authenticity of host ‘xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx’ can’t be established.

ECDSA key fingerprint is....

Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? y

Please type 'yes’ or 'no’: yes

Warning: Permanently added 'xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx’ (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.

root@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx: Permission denied (publickey).

1 Answer

If you have not done any work yet I recommend you just delete the droplet then double check your ssh key, finally create it again. You will only be charged for the hours you have had it for not for the month.

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