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How To Generate SSH Key On Windows With Putty?

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It is possible to generate an SSH key on Windows through Putty SSH client. Putty can be downloaded for free online.

For generating a key with Putty, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Download and start the puttygen.exe generator.
  • In the parameters section, select ‘SSH2 DSA’ and click on Generate.
  • Randomly move your mouse in the small screen for generating the key pairs.
  • Enter a key comment that will identify the key, this is useful when you are using many SSH keys.
  • Enter the passphrase and confirm it. This paraphrase protects your key. You will be prompted to enter the passphrase when you connect through SSH.
  • Click on ‘save private key’ for saving the private key.
  • Click on ‘save public key’ for saving the public key.

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