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Configuring additional SSH keys

Find out how to configure additional SSH keys for your Public Cloud Instance

Last updated 13th March 2019


When creating an instance, it is not possible to configure only one SSH key. However, you can still grant access to other users who have SSH keys for your instance by configuring the authorized_keys file.

This guide will explain how to configure additional SSH keys for your instance in order to grant access to other people.



If you would like to store an SSH key in the OVHcloud Control Panel, we recommend to use RSA or ECDSA encryption. ED25519 is currently not supported.

Creating the SSH key

First, follow our guide to Creating SSH keys.

Configuring the new user

Next, connect to your instance via SSH and use the commands below to create a new user:

admin@server-1:~$ sudo adduser user2

Adding user `user2' ...
Adding new group `user2' (1001) ...
Adding new user `user2' (1001) with group `user2' ...
Creating home directory `/home/user2' ...
Copying files from `/etc/skel' ...

Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for user2
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
Full Name []:
Room Number []:
Work Phone []:
Home Phone []:
Other []:
Is the information correct? [Y/n] Y

Next, save a new public SSH key in the personal folder of the new user, using the command below:

admin@server-1:~$ sudo vim /home/user2/.ssh/authorized_keys

If the .ssh file does not already exist, you can create it with this command:

admin@serveur-1:~$ sudo mkdir /home/user2/.ssh/

From now on, you can connect with this user using the private key linked to the one you have configured.

root@server:~$ ssh

Linux server-1 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.68-1+deb7u1 x86_64
Last login: Fri Oct 16 08:14:24 2015 from


You can configure another SSH key for the admin user by adding them to the corresponding authorized_keys file with this command:

admin@server-1:~$ sudo vim /home/admin/.ssh/authorized_keys

Go further

Creating SSH keys

Using an SSH key in the Public Cloud interface

Replacing your lost SSH key pair

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