SSH key installation on existant droplet: Password still prompting

SSH key installation on existant droplet

I’ve installed a SSH key from the account settings > security. The public SSH key I’ve generated from an *Ubuntu *terminal on my *Windows *machine was successfully added to in my *DigitalOcean *account. Problem is that the password is still prompting despite having the SSH key.

What I’ve tried

  • Public SSH key checked and repasted into my account


  • Should I delete/recreate the droplet to link my public SSH key?

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Hi @daviddoi,

It’s possible the SSH key has not been deployed to your Droplet if you added it after created the droplet. Not to worry! You should be able to add it manually from your WebConsole OR you can enable password authentication, enter your droplet, paste in your Key and then disable password authentication again.

Either way you need to enter into your Droplet using DigitalOcean’s WebConsole. Once you do, you can add your public SSH key to the following file:


Add it as a new line but don’t forget to use the public key!

Alternatively, you can enable password authentication from your sshd_config which can be found at:


and change

PasswordAuthentication no


PasswordAuthentication yes

Then restart sshd:

service sshd restart

Then you should be able to enter the droplet using a password. From there you can paste in your Key and remove the password authentication again.

Regards, KFSys

Hello @daviddoi

You have to make sure that you have disabled the PasswordAuthentication in the SSH configuration file. Please edit the file “/etc/ssh/sshd_config” and disable it by setting it to “No”.

sudo vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Find PasswordAuthentication and set it to no:

PasswordAuthentication no

Best, Dikshith