Generate an SSH key and use it to log into a user on a new server.On your local computer, create an ssh key:
cd ~/.ssh ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "firstname.lastname@example.org" -f id_whatever # On Mac, copy the public key to clipboard cat id_whatever.pub | pbcopy
What's that command doing:
-t rsa- picking the RSA key type. This is the most-used, but see the resources link below to read on other types.
-b 4096- Key size (bits). "Larger is better", sort of.
-C- A comment, typically used to identity who the key belongs to (an email address or username)
-f id_whatever- The filename of the SSH key created. In this example, we'll get
id_whateverprivate key and
On our new server in the video, we make a new user, and then add the SSH key to that user's
authorized_keys file, so that we can use our new SSH key to log in as that user.
On the new server:
# Create a new user, give it a password # set any additional values you'd like sudo adduser fideloper # Log in as new user, create # and go into a ~/.ssh directory sudo su fideloper mkdir ~/.ssh cd ~/.ssh # Create/edit ~/.ssh/authorized_keys dir # and paste in the public key we put into # our clipboard when we first created it vim authorized_keys
Then you can log in as that user from your local computer!
# If you only have a few SSH keys, you won't hit the # max attempts limit and can just do this: ssh fideloper@server-ip # If you want to explicitly say which ssh key to use, or # have enough keys (like me!) to hit the max attempt limit: ssh -o "IdentitiesOnly yes" -i ~/.ssh/id_whatever fideloper@server-ip