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PPK key files.. (2 posts)
- Started 8 years ago by sergei Larionov
- Latest reply 8 years ago from Scott McGuire
sergei Larionov Member
Hello. Wondering if there's any way to use .PPK key files, like ones WinSCP/Putty are using, with Fetch to login to a certain host?
Or maybe any way to use regular SSH keys like ones used with the "ssh -i keyfile" command?
This option is essential for services like Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, for example..
[This message has been edited by sergeil (edited 07-09-2008).]
Scott McGuire Administrator
I do not believe that Fetch would be able to use .PPK key files, although I admit I am not familiar with them.
However, Fetch is able to use regular SSH public/private keys used by SSH. Fetch does not provide support for setting up SSH keys; but once they are set up outside of Fetch, Fetch should be able to use them.
To use SSH public/private keys in Fetch:
* Choose File > New Connection.
* Enter the server's hostname and your username.
* Choose SFTP from the Connect using pop-up menu.
* In the password field, enter a dummy password — type anything (but don't leave it blank).
* Click the Connect button.
* If your SSH key is protected by a passphrase, Fetch will prompt you for it.
* Fetch will use your SSH key for authentication and make the connection.
If you'd like to avoid entering a dummy password every time, check the "Add to keychain" checkbox beneath the password field after you enter a dummy password. For all future connections, Fetch will automatically retrieve the dummy password from the keychain, and then it will go on to use your SSH key.
If you cannot get this to work, let us know and we will try to figure out what the problem is.
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