using SSH Keys

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Connecting in SSH mode with its public key (rather than its password) offers some advantages: enhanced security, the ability to define a “blank” password, etc. Here are the steps to follow to configure your SSH account with a public key.

In Windows

The actions are performed using PuTTY, an SSH client available free of charge.

  1. Generate the private key:

    • Start PuTTYGen (supplied by PuTTy),
    • Generate a pair of SSH-2 ED25519 2048 bit keys,
    • Save the private key on your station,
  2. Declare the key on the server by copying this key to the $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys file in your alwaysdata account,

  3. Connect in SSH mode: configure your PuTTY session in the Auth category then in Private Key file for auth, load your private key.

In Unix / OS X

  1. Generate keys:

    $ mkdir -p $HOME/.ssh
    $ chmod 0700 $HOME/.ssh
    $ ssh-keygen -t ed25519 -f $HOME/.ssh/id_ed25519

To never have to enter your password when connecting in SSH mode, specify a blank “passphrase”.

  1. Declare the public key (.pub) on the server:

    $ ssh-copy-id -i $HOME/.ssh/ [user]@ssh-[account]

    Or by copying the content of this file to the $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys file in your alwaysdata account.

Replace [user] with your SSH user name and ssh-[account] with your SSH hostname.

  1. Connecting with SSH: on the next SSH connection, you will be prompted to enter your passphrase (or nothing at all if your passphrase is blank).