Convert .pem to .ppk SSH key

Jared Baker edited this page Oct 31, 2017 · 1 revision

Converting a key

With the native OpenSSH client on Linux you can use this pem-file directly. For Putty you have to convert your key first, by completing the following steps:

  1. Start PuTTYgen (e.g., from the Start menu, click All Programs > PuTTY > PuTTYgen).
  2. Click Load

  1. Browse to the location of the private key file that you want to convert (e.g., Voornaam.pem).

    Note: By default, PuTTYgen displays only files with extension .ppk; you'll need to change that to display files of all types in order to see your .pem key file. The private key file must end with a newline character or PuTTYgen cannot load it correctly.

  1. Select your .pem key file and click Open.
  2. If everything went well PuTTYgen displays the following message:

  1. When you click OK, PuTTYgen displays a dialog box with information about the key you loaded, such as the public key and the fingerprint.

  2. Optional: Enter and confirm a key passphrase (If you use a passphrase you will have to enter this passphrase whenever you authenticate with your key.)

  3. Click Save private key to save the key in PuTTY's format.

  4. Save your private key somewhere secure. (For example in your personal home folder H:)

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