Copy SSH key to clipboard

Better Stack Team
Updated on November 16, 2022

An SSH key is usually stored in the form of a file. To copy an SSH key to your clipboard, you can use one of the following options:

Option 1 - Copy from terminal

The first option is to print the key in the terminal and then simply copy it using a cursor. To do this, run the following command and simply replace the ssh/mykey.pub with the actual key you want to copy :

cat /ssh/mykey.pub
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Option 2 - Using pbcopy (Only on Mac)

If you are using Mac, you can run the following command to pipe the contents of the file to your clipboard:

cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | pbcopy
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