PuTTY and .pem

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I was beta testing out an OVH cloud server and to login initially, you were required to use a .pem authentication key, this would be fine from a Linux box as you could just execute SSH like this

ssh -i key.pem user@computer

but with Windows, this becomes a problem as Windows doesn’t have native SSH support and the best SSH client for windows is PuTTY but PuTTY doesn’t support pem files. Luckily, someone thought of this and so PuTTYgen was born but unluckily, not everybody knows about this.

  1. Download PuTTYgen
  2. Startup PuTTYgen
  3. Click load
  4. Choose your .pem file
  5. Click OK
  6. Click save Private Key

And that should be it.