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Is it possible to connect to ssh server using pantheon-files with public key or .pem file, i really need this integration. The GUI now only show server, surname and password field i cant see a way to select a ssh key

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You should submit an "wishlist" issue on Github about this ( at https://github.com/elementary/files/issues). This is not something that is currently implemented within Files.

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It actually works if you use the default id file (~/.ssh/id_rsa). You need to enter the server name like user@host and leave user name and password fields blank. Then, there comes a pop-up asking you to enter the id file password and all works.

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You could try like this:

  1. Set your config file in ~/.ssh
  2. Define your host as follows:

    Host some.mydomain.com        
      HostName mydomain.com
      Port 22
      User myuser
      IdentityFile ~/.ssh/my_id_rsa
    
  3. Next, in Pantheon Files just set your SSH host as some.mydomain.com with no username and password.

  4. Connect and have fun.

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