Rajeev Kannav Sharma

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install your public key in a remote machine's authorized_keys

17 Sep 2016


We frequently add developer ssh keys to remote machine with following three steps

  • ssh username@remote_host
  • mkdir -p ~/.ssh
  • cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub and copy it
  • nano ~/.ssh/authorized_keys and paste copied content.

Quite Annoying.



ssh-copy-id [-i [identity_file]] [user@]machine


ssh-copy-id is a script that uses ssh to log into a remote machine (presumably using a login password, so password authentication should be enabled, unless you’ve done some clever use of multiple identities) It also changes the permissions of the remote user’s home, ~/.ssh, and ~/.ssh/authorized_keys to remove group writability (which would otherwise prevent you from logging in, if the remote sshd has StrictModes set in its configuration). If the -i option is given then the identity file (defaults to ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub) is used, regardless of whether there are any keys in your ssh-agent. Otherwise, if this: ssh-add -L provides any output, it uses that in preference to the identity file. If the -i option is used, or the ssh-add produced no output, then it uses the contents of the identity file. Once it has one or more fingerprints (by whatever means) it uses ssh to append them to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the remote machine (creating the file, and directory, if necessary)

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