AWS ssh keys

29 May 2015

A quick howto on working with AWS .pem ssh certificates.

AWS distributes their ssh keys as .pem certificates. The usual process with working with them is:

mv ~/Downloads/foo.pem ~/.ssh
chmod 0600 ~/.ssh/foo.pem
ssh -i ~/.ssh/foo.pem -l ubuntu

However, sometimes it’s handy to generate a public key out of the .pem file, for example to make working with Gnome’s Seahorse key manager easier:

cd ~/.ssh
mv foo.pem foo
ssh-keygen -y -f ~/.ssh/foo > ~/.ssh/
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