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May 19, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Does the library have a keygen capability?  I saw that I can pass a keyfile to authenticate with a private key.  What format should that keyfile be in?  Bit of noob when it comes to working with keyfile and SSH.


May 19, 2011 at 9:16 AM


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The library doesn't have key gen capability, but you can generate keys using pyttygen from

Here is some reading for puttygen: alternatively (same, but without screenshots) 

You pass your private key to SSH.NET, but before that you must put your public key on in the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys to allow the SSH server to recognize your key. You may need to change your SSH server configuration as well, it is usually located in /etc/ssh/sshd_config, but make a backup of it before editing it.

You must never share your private key, doing so will compromise systems which allow you to login with your key pair.