In order to do some testing on a Windows machine, I needed to interface with Github/Bitbucket and wanted to use SSH to pull my code from the online repos. To do that, I first needed to create ssh keys. I found puttygen is the easiest way to do this. But make sure you:

  • save the public and private keys in a directory under c:\users\ (or wherever your home directory is)
  • save the private key as id_rsa
  • when you save the private key use the Conversion option in the toolbar and choose Export OpenSSH key.

The first time you pull down code, you’ll probably need to enter your ssh key’s passphrase. But after the first time, you shouldn’t have to enter the passphrase anymore.

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