Generating your own SSH key

Windows

To generate an SSH key on Windows you will need to download PuttyGen from https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html

Once you have PuttyGen downloaded, open it and you should see a screen such as the one below.puttygen_2023-04-12_21-50-38.png

We would recommend changing the Parameters at the bottom so that EdDSA is selected, this will allow you to generate a key quickly and provide a shorter yet very secure key.

Once you have selected EdDSA click on the generate button.

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You will now need to move your mouse around in the box below the progress bar to generate your key.

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Once the key has been generated and the progress bar disappears, click on the Save public key and the Save private key and save them to a safe location on your computer, you can also set a passphrase/password on the keys if you desire.

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macOS/Linux


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Created 1 November 2022 21:33:53 by Gareth W
Updated 12 April 2023 23:24:23 by Gareth W