Imports the public key from an RSA key pair that you created with a third-party tool. Compare
this with CreateKeyPair, in which AWS creates the key pair and gives the keys to you (AWS
keeps a copy of the public key). With ImportKeyPair, you create the key pair and give AWS just
the public key. The private key is never transferred between you and AWS.
You can easily create an RSA key pair on Windows and Linux using the ssh-keygen command line
tool (provided with the standard OpenSSH installation). Standard library support for RSA key
pair creation is also available in Java, Ruby, Python, and many other programming languages.
- OpenSSH public key format (e.g., the format in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys)
- Base64 encoded DER format
- SSH public key file format as specified in RFC4716
DSA keys are not supported. Make sure your key generator is set up to create RSA keys.
Supported lengths: 1024, 2048, and 4096.