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How To Generate an SSH key
How To Generate an SSH key
Sean McTiernan avatar
Written by Sean McTiernan
Updated over a week ago

For some integrations, you'll need to generate and share an SSH key, specifically an RSA Public Key. SSH keys are an authentication method used to grant access to an encrypted connection between systems and are a great way of making your integration more secure.

Generating An SSH Key Using Windows

You will need some specialist software. We recommend PuTTYgen but your teams may have their own software that they use. There is a complete guide on how to download, install and use PuTTygen here.

Generating An SSH Key Using Apple (MacOS) or Linux

We recommend just generating the private/public key pair using the terminal.

  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, type "Terminal" in the search field, then click Terminal. Alternately, in the Finder , open the /Applications/Utilities folder, then double-click Terminal.

  2. Enter the command ssh-keygen -t rsa in the Terminal window

  3. Select a location where you wish the generated key to be stored or save to the default location.

  4. Type in a passphrase or press enter to continue without a passphrase

  5. If you selected a passphrase, you will need to enter this again to continue and for the key pair to be generated.

Note: Your private key should be in rsa format, with no file extension.

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