Previously, Generate SSH key in a Windows environment was a time-consuming procedure that necessitated the use of third-party software. Since the April 2018 update, Windows has included a preinstalled OpenSSH client, allowing you to produce SSH keys with ssh-keygen. Continue reading as we take you through the full procedure.
How to generate an SSH key in Windows 10
To begin, ensure that OpenSSH is installed on your computer; if you updated from a previous version of Windows 10, you may need to manually enable it. Click the “Apps” category in the Settings app. Then, select “Manage optional features” from the drop-down menu. If “OpenSSH Client” does not appear in the list, click the “Add a feature” option and install it. After the installation, you may need to restart your computer.
After you’ve installed OpenSSH, you’re ready to go. From the Start menu, select Command Prompt. In the terminal window, type “ssh-keygen” (without the quotes) and hit enter. You’ll be asked to confirm where you want to save the file. If you want to utilize the default location in your user directory, hit enter. Otherwise, type a location for the key to be saved and then hit enter.
You have the option of adding a passphrase (password) to the key now. If you include one, you’ll have to provide it every time you use the key. To proceed without a passcode, either type one and press enter, or press enter immediately.
Your RSA public/private key pair will now be generated by Windows. The public key will be saved in the directory you provided as “id rsa.pub.” This key should be uploaded to any devices you need to SSH into. You can then open a connection using Windows’ built-in SSH client – type “ssh [email protected]” to connect and authenticate using your generated credentials.