FoxDev FoxDev - 4 months ago 10
Linux Question

Generate public ssh key from private key

I have private ssh (id_rsa) key.

How I can generate public key from it?

Answer

The option -y outputs the public key. From the linux manual for the ssh-keygen command:

-y ---- This option will read a private OpenSSH format file and print an OpenSSH public key to stdout.

ssh-keygen -y -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa > ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

As a side note, the comment of the public key is lost. I've had a site which required the comment (Launchpad?), so you need to edit ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub and append a comment to the first line with a space between the comment and key data. An example public key is shown truncated below.

ssh-rsa AAAA..../VqDjtS5 ubuntu@ubuntu
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