How to create a .ppk from private key on Windows

Using a Public/Private key to authenticate when logging into SSH can provide added convenience or added security. The Public/Private key can be used in place of a password so that no username/password is required to connect to the server via SSH. Instead the unique public and private key provide the secure authentication. The keys may also be generated with a different password from your cpanel password if desired.

Generate a ppk file

  1. Download and open PuTTYgen here.
  2. Click Load

  3. Locate the private SSH key that you have downloaded. Note: You will need choose to display All Files* from the menu to the right of the File Name field. 
  4. Click the Save private key button to create the ppk file.

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