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GitLab Cookbook

By : Jeroen van Baarsen
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GitLab Cookbook

By: Jeroen van Baarsen

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)
GitLab Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Generating your SSH key on Unix-like systems

Generating an SSH key on Linux and OS X is easy; they come with a built-in tool to do this, called ssh-keygen.

How to do it…

In the following steps, we will create an SSH key for your Unix system:

  1. First, we are going to check whether you have any SSH keys present. Open your terminal and enter the following command:

    $ ls ~/.ssh
  2. If you have a file named or, you can skip this recipe.

  3. To generate a new SSH key, you need to open your terminal and enter the following command:

    $ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "Comment for key"

    The comment can be anything you want; it makes it easier for you to see which key it is when you open the key file.

  4. Now, we get to the question of what you want to name your key. Just press Enter.

  5. You will be asked to enter a passphrase. Enter it, and be sure to choose a strong password.

    You should see the following screenshot:

Your SSH key is now generated.

How it works…

We just created our personal SSH key: one key is the id_rsa...