Nov 7, 2017

Generating a new SSH key

Generating a new SSH key

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Paste the text below, substituting in your GitHub email address.
    ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "[email protected]"
    # Creates a new ssh key, using the provided email as a label
    Generating public/private rsa key pair.
    
  3. When you're prompted to "Enter a file in which to save the key," press Enter. This accepts the default file location.
    Enter a file in which to save the key (/Users/you/.ssh/id_rsa): [Press enter]
    
  4. At the prompt, type a secure passphrase. 
    Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): [Type a passphrase]
    Enter same passphrase again: [Type passphrase again]