Working with SSH can seem quite daunting at first. With a little guidance, you can soon master this secure way of accessing your server. This guide is for Mac OS X.
Create a key pair
Manually generating your SSH key in Mac OS X
On a Mac, open the Terminal Application to access the text-based command line interface to the Unix shell of Mac OS.
The Terminal window opens with the command line prompt and displays the name of your machine and your username.
Generate SSH keys
ssh-keygen -t rsa
Copy your key
Use the following command to copy your key to your clipboard.
pbcopy < ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub
Please note, the command
pbcopy does not provide you with any visual indicator that it actually copied the key to the clipboard. So don't be alarmed that it didn't work, go ahead and run that command and then paste the results into a message to us.