Generate a Key Pair for SSH¶
This page describes how to use
to generate a public/private RSA key pair
that can be used with SSH.
ssh-keygen is found on most Linux and Unix-like
operating systems; if you’re using Windows,
then you’ll have to use another tool,
such as PuTTYgen.)
By convention, SSH key pairs get stored in the
Check what keys you already have there:
ls -1 ~/.ssh/
Next, make up a new key pair name (called
Here are some ideas:
Next, generate a public/private RSA key pair with that name:
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "<name>" -f ~/.ssh/<name>
It will ask you for a passphrase.
You can use whatever passphrase you like, but don’t lose it.
Two keys (files) will be created in
~/.ssh/<name>.pubis the public key
~/.ssh/<name>is the private key