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Is there any application that allows connecting via SFTP using private keys rather than password?

I know that I can do that via Nautilus, but I would prefer some standalone application.

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I would try FileZilla Install filezilla. It proved to be reliable and feature-rich for me.

Here is the Wiki page on how to SSH2 keybased authentication works.

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because of UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 bug I didn't see Filezilla menus, but I found proper options in Filezilla settings. Tnx :) –  Paweł Karpiński Feb 24 '11 at 18:13

Adding to what @Octavian Damiean says (since FileZilla's sftp description wasn't helpful to me), I'm successfully using it with sftp, some of findings are as follows:

  • set public key to filizilla via "Settings --> Connection --> SFTP" (FZ converts the file into .ppk file and asks where to store).
  • Create server setting for the server you're connecting to via "File --> Site Manager".
    • Port: (can be blank)
    • Logon type: Interactive
    • User: the one that you use with ssh from commandline


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