This Quickstart Guide describes how to connect to Vultr servers over SSH with a key instead of a password.
You will need:
Before connecting, you'll need to install the public portion of the key on your server. See our guides to create an SSH key, install SSH keys via the Customer Portal, or manually install SSH keys on your server instance.
The PuTTY SSH client is part of the PuTTY suite of utilities. It is available for all versions of Windows.
Select SSH as the connection type.
In the left-hand menu, select Connection -> SSH -> Auth.
Click the Browse... button and choose your PuTTY private key file with the .ppk extension.
Click Open to connect to your server.
The OpenSSH client is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows 10.
Verify that your workstation has an SSH client installed.
On Linux and Mac:
$ ssh -V OpenSSH_8.0p1, OpenSSL 1.1.1c FIPS 28 May 2019
C:\> ssh -V OpenSSH_for_Windows_7.7p1, LibreSSL 2.6.5
Linux and Mac workstations typically have SSH clients pre-installed. Windows users may need to install SSH by following this guide.
Initiate an SSH connection. Substitute your username and IP address for the example.
If your SSH key is in the default location
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
If your SSH key is in a different location:
$ ssh -i /path/to/your/id_rsa email@example.com
When finished, end your session with CTRL+D.
For more information about managing SSH keys, see our other guides: