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SSH: How to login to DO with public key?

I have a public key set up in DO. I can login using a password using root and a specific user. I have configured the SSH config, and did a restart

permitRootLogin Yes

PasswordAuthentication No

PubKeyAuthentication Yes

I will then get " Permission denied (publickey)." on both root and a specific user.

The only way I can get back into my droplet is through the recovery console.

What am I doing wrong ??

Many thanks !


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None of this works. 22 articles down, not a single solution to this issue with DO that works.

Hi there @vincej,

In order to log in using an SSH key, you need to use an SSH client like Putty for example.

Here are the steps on how to do that:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/connect-with-ssh/putty/

If you have a Mac or a Linux laptop, you could use the built-in terminals and follow the steps here:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/connect-with-ssh/openssh/

The web console in your DigitalOcean control panel provides you with direct access to the Droplet which does not go over SSH.

Regards, Bobby