Checking for existing SSH keys

Enter ls -al ~/.ssh to see if existing SSH keys are present:

ls -al ~/.ssh
# Lists the files in your .ssh directory, if they exist

Check the directory listing to see if you already have a public SSH key.

By default, the filenames of the public keys are one of the following:


Generating a new SSH key

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C ""

Adding or changing a passphrase

ssh-keygen -p
# Start the SSH key creation process
Enter file in which the key is (/Users/you/.ssh/id_rsa): [Hit enter]
Key has comment '/Users/you/.ssh/id_rsa'
Enter new passphrase (empty for no passphrase): [Type new passphrase]
Enter same passphrase again: [One more time for luck]
Your identification has been saved with the new passphrase.