Generating a new ssh-key
Open Terminal. Paste the text below, substituting in your GitHub email address.
ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "firstname.lastname@example.org"
This creates a new ssh key, using the provided email as a label
Generating public/private rsa key pair.
- When you're prompted to
Enter a file in which to save the keypress
Enterto accept the default file location.
Enter the file in which to save the key (you can press ENTER for default path):
(/Users/you/.ssh/id_rsa): [Press enter]
At the prompt, type a secure passphrase.
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): [Type a passphrase]
Enter same passphrase again: [Type passphrase again]
Adding your SSH key to the ssh-agent
Before adding a new SSH key to the ssh-agent, you should have checked for existing SSH keys and generated a new SSH key.
Ensure ssh-agent is enabled:
start the ssh-agent in the background
eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
Agent pid 59566
Add your SSH key to the ssh-agent. If you used an existing SSH key rather than generating a new SSH key, you'll need to replace id_rsa in the command with the name of your existing private key file.
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa