Connecting to GitLab with SSH

1) Checking for existing SSH keys

$ ls -al ~/.ssh
# Lists the files in your .ssh directory, if they exist
  • id_rsa.pub
  • id_ecdsa.pub
  • id_ed25519.pub

2) Generating a new SSH key and adding it to the ssh-agent

$ ssh-keygen -t ed25519 -C "your_email@example.com"
> Generating public/private ed25519 key pair.
> Enter a file in which to save the key (/home/you/.ssh/id_ed25519): [Press enter]

3) Adding a new SSH key to your GitLab account

$ sudo apt-get install xclip
# Downloads and installs xclip. If you don't have `apt-get`, you might need to use another installer (like `yum`)
$ xclip -selection clipboard < ~/.ssh/id_ed25519.pub
# Copies the contents of the id_ed25519.pub file to your clipboard

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