How to Generate an SSH Key Pair in Linux

SSH connections allow you to create secure connections between your device and a server. They rely on public-private key pairs for this to happen. The system offers greater security compared to credential-based access methods such as username and password.

The generation of SSH key pairs must be done on your device to create a set that matches your device. The process will differ slightly depending on the system used.

Generating an SSH Key Pair on Linux

How to Generate an SSH Key Pair in Linux

  • Step 1. Open a terminal window and type:

ssh-keygen -t rsa

  • Step 2. Enter the path where you wish to save the key. The default path is “/home/username/.ssh/id_rsa” – you can simply hit the enter key to accept this.
  • Step 3.  Enter your passphrase/password, then one more time to confirm that it is correct. 

You can locate the generated keys in the directory specified in Step 2 above. The public key should be uploaded to your server, while the private key should be embedded in your device.


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