Creating a new Key pair in Mac OS X or Linux

ssh-keygen is a program that can be found on Mac, Linux, and other UNIX-based operating systems. For more information about the program, check out Wikipedia's entry on the subject here:

Creating a Key pair

To generate a new Key pair, run the following commands on your home computer.

  1. Open your terminal and run the following command under your username.
    [local]$ ssh-keygen -t rsa
    This creates a public/private keypair of the type (-t) rsa.
    Generating a public/private rsa key pair.
    Enter the file in which you wish to save they key (i.e., /home/username/.ssh/id_rsa):
  2. The prompt defaults to save the new key pair in the /home/username/.ssh/ directory and name it 'id_rsa'. Unless you want to change the location or name of the file, just click Enter on your keyboard to continue.
    Enter a passphrase (leave empty for no passphrase).
  3. It's recommended that you do not use a passphrase. Click Enter on your keyboard to continue.
    Enter same passphrase again:
  4. Click Enter on your keyboard to continue.
  5. When finished, click Enter on your keyboard.
    The following message appears:
    Your identification has been saved in /home/username/.ssh/id_rsa
    Your public key has been saved in /home/username/.ssh/
    The key fingerprint is:
    The key’s randomart image is:
    +--[ RSA 2048]----+
    | ..+**B.o++o     |
    |  . o+==o. o     |
    |    . .oo.=      |
    |      . +E+ .    |
    |        S .      |
    |                 |
    |                 |
    |                 |
    |                 |
  6. You can view the new private and public key by running the following:
    [local]$ ls -1 ~/.ssh/
  7. Finally, import the public key into your DreamCompute dashboard.

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