I have to connect to a server using "Connect to Server" option in Ubuntu 14.04. I had a .ppk key file (Putty) which i exported to openssh using PuttyGen. How do I connect to the server and where do I add my key? I tried adding the key to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys but first there was no file/folder with the name authorized keys in the directory, secondly I could not open the open ssh key file as it required a password to open.

Kindly help me connect to the server.

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Default place where your ssh keys are stored is ~/.ssh/id_rsa for RSA key. But you can store the key in other places and say ssh, where it is using ~/.ssh/config, for example:

Host my-remote.com
  IdentityFile ~/.ssh/my_remote_rsa

The default files should certainly work and it should be picked up and used.

  • I do not have the ~/.ssh/id_rsa file. the output of ls ~/.ssh/ gives the output as : known_hosts Aug 21, 2017 at 8:42

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