How to Generate SSH Key in Linux?

To generate SSH key in Linux using the ssh-keygen command. You should run it in the command line. You will be asked for a file in which the key should be saved to and for a passphrase (password) for the key:

user@localhost: ssh-keygen -t dsa
Generating public/private dsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/home/user/.ssh/id_dsa):
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in id_dsa.
Your public key has been saved in
The key fingerprint is:
16:8e:e8:f2:1d:c9:b9:cf:43:9a:b3:3c:c1:1f:95:93 user@localhost

This will create a private key written to /home/user/.ssh/id_dsa and a public key written to /home/user/.ssh/ The passphrase is used to protect your key. You will be asked for it when you connect via SSH.

1 Comment

  1. Reply December 31, 2016 / 17:19 bradSiteGround Team

    Simply generating this on your client machine is not going to make the siteground host recognize you.

    You will need to append the contents of the public key file you generated to the authorized_keys or authorized_keys2 file in the .ssh directory of your siteground user account.

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