Creating an SSH key

We quite often need to generate an SSH key on a remote environment, so open terminal and lets create a key.

I'm assuming that you've logged in to the server via SSH.

1. Check for existing keys

$ cd ~/.ssh
$ ls

If you have either a or and know the password then great skip to step 3.

2. Create a new key

Create a new ssh key using your email as a label

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C ""

You'll then receive a prompt:

$ Enter file in which to save the key (/Users/name/.ssh/id_rsa): [Press enter]

This is asking where you should save the key. Just use the default by hitting enter.

You'll next be asked for password and confirmation of that password:

$ Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
$ Enter same passphrase again:

Your key has now been created.

3. Copy the key to your clipboard

Now you need to grab the contents of that key to use elsewhere.

$ vi /Users/name/.ssh/

This will open your key in Vim, just copy the conetnts and you're done!