How To export private SSH key on Linux

All that needs to be done is the “id_rsa” key needs to be copied to the “new” host.  You can do this with SCP or sftp.

Example with SCP

The following examples are showing how to export a RSA private key, if your using DSA, then replace id_rsa with id_dsa.

Copy private key from remote server to local machine for the local user

scp root@192.168.1.1:~/.ssh/id_rsa ~/.ssh/

Copy private key from localhost to remote host.  This command copies the local users private key to the root user @ 192.168.1.1

scp ~/.ssh/id_rsa root@192.168.1.1:~/.ssh/

 

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