SSH login public key denied

Posted October 25, 2017 1.4k views

Hello everyone, it’s my first time working with Digital Ocean. I’ve already created my droplet with ubuntu 16, created my SSH keys on Mac and included in the droplet. But I can’t login using SSH without including the private key path:

ssh root@DROPLET_IP -i /path/to/private_key

If the path to private key is included I can log in, otherwise the public key is denied.

Can anyone help me?

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Where is your private key located? By default, ssh looks for a key in ~/.ssh/id_rsa. It sounds like your key is stored somewhere else, so that’s why you’re unable to connect without explicitly specifying the path to your key.

You can either move/copy your SSH key to that path, use ssh-agent, or modify the config file ~/.ssh/config to include the existing path:

Host *
    IdentityFile /path/to/private_key