GoDaddy SSH Access - Import PuTTY Key

To import a public key from PuTTY to use for Secure Shell (SSH) logins, take the following steps:

  1. From the "SSH Access" web page, click on Import Key.

    GoDaddy - SSH Access - Import 

  2. Choose a name for the key, which can be anything you wish, and type that name into the "Choose a name for this key (defaults to id_dsa)" field. If you don't choose one, you will get the default name of id_dsa.

    GoDaddy - Import SSH Key

  3. Paste the public key generated via the PuTTY Key Generator into the "Paste the public key into the following text box" field. You don't need to paste the private key into the private key field.
  4. Click on Import.
  5. After you have imported the key, you will need to authorize its use. To do so, from the "SSH Access" page, click on "Manage" next to the key you imported. E.g., in the example below, I named the public key "PuTTY".

    GoDaddy - Public keys - manage

  6. Click on the Authorize button.

    GoDaddy - Public keys - authorize

You should now be able to login to a hosting account you have with GoDaddy via SSH using the public and private key pair you generated.

E.g., suppose my login id is johnasmith and I had a key with a key comment of "rsa-key-20160228"; when I attempt an SSH login with PuTTY I would see the "login as: " prompt. I would then use my login id of johnasmith and hit Enter. I would then see "Authentication with public key" and the key comment I placed in that key and would be prompted for the passphrase I picked, if I used one, for the key. After entering that passphrase, I would be logged in.

login as: johnasmith
Authenticating with public key "rsa-key-20160228"
Passphrase for key "rsa-key-20160228":
johnasmith@a2plcpnl0715 [~]$

If you saved the private key file without a passphrase, you would be immediately logged in after providing the userid as shown below:

login as: johnasmith
Authenticating with public key "rsa-key-20160228"
johnasmith@a2plcpnl0715 [~]$


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