Connecting to a server using an SSH key from a Windows client

  • Download and run the PuTTY SSH client.
  • Type the IP address or Username + IP address ( user@x.x.x.x ) of the destination server under the "Host Name" field on the "Session" category.
  • Navigate to the "Connection -> SSH -> Auth" category (left-hand side).
  • Click "Browse..." near "Private key file for authentication". Choose the private key file (ending in .ppk) that you generated earlier with PuTTYgen. (Another guide: How to convert RSA Private Key to Putty Private Key .ppk )
  • Click "Open" to initiate the connection.

Connecting to a server using an SSH key from a Linux client

  • Check that your Linux operating system has an SSH client installed ( which ssh ). If a client is not installed, you will need to install one.
  • Initiate a connection: ssh -i /path/to/id_rsa user@x.x.x.x
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