Create SSH Key-Value Pair with Bash

You can run the ssh-keygen utility on your local machine to generate an SSH key-value pair.

The ssh-keygen utility generates a pair comprising of a public key and private key. The private key is stored in the file id_rsa while the public key is stored in the file id_rsa.pub.

To create an SSH key value pair, follow the steps given below.

  1. Launch Bash on your machine.
  2. Run the following command to generate the SSH key.
     ssh-keygen -t rsa -f cloud-key
    
  3. Follow the instructions in Bash to create a passphrase which is your private key.
  4. Press the Enter key.

A public and private key are generated on running the above command.

The cloud-key file contains the private key and id_rsa.pub contains the public key.

You can copy the content of the public key file id_rsa.pub to generate an SSH key-value pair.