ssh-import-id(1) ssh-import ssh-import-id(1)
ssh-import-id - retrieve one or more public keys from a public key-
server and append them to the current user's authorized_keys file (or
some other specified file)
ssh-import-id [options] USER_ID_1 [gh:USER_ID_2] ... [lp:USER_ID_n]
ssh-import-id-lp USER_ID_1 [USER_ID_2] ... [USER_ID_n]
ssh-import-id-gh USER_ID_1 [USER_ID_2] ... [USER_ID_n]
-h | --help usage
-o | --output F write output to file 'F' (default ~/.ssh/autho-
rized_keys, use "-" for standard out)
-r | --remove remove keys from authorized keys file 'F'
-u | --useragent U append U to the user agent string
PROTO:USER_ID Protocol can be 'lp' for Launchpad.net, or 'gh' for
This utility will securely contact a public keyserver and retrieve one
or more user's public keys, and append these to the current user's
~/.ssh/authorized_keys file, standard output or any other specified
User IDs can be prepended by a protocol:
- lp: to use https://launchpad.net/~%s/+sshkeys
- gh: to use https://api.github.com/users/%s/keys
If the protocol is not explicitly specified, then ssh-import-id will
read a URL variable string from /etc/ssh/ssh_import_id as installed by
your package manager and configured by your system administrator. You
can override this locally by exporting the string you want in a URL
environment variable. If all of these are empty, then the protocol is
assumed to be "lp:", which was the original target implementation of
Any keys added will be "labled" with a trailing comment, "# ssh-import-
id PROTO:USER_ID". Revoking keys will first look for lines in the
authorized keys file ending with that label.
This manpage and the utility was written by Dustin Kirkland
<firstname.lastname@example.org> for Ubuntu systems (but may be used by oth-
ers). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this
document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3
published by the Free Software Foundation.
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.
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