How to create an AWS SSH Key Pair

Before you can deploy a stack from AWS or from AWS Marketplace, you must have an SSH key.

Normally you will want to create a key for every siloed service that you want to deploy, e.g., development, stage, and production environments.

Step 1. Go to the region/zone you will be using for your deployment. Then select EC2 services to display the EC2 dashboard. [We will use us-west-2 [Oregon] for this example.]

The direct key pair link will look like this:

Step 2. In the top right-hand corner click create key pair.

AWS key pair region

Step 3. Normally you can go with the defaults. [Advanced users should go with .pem as you may need the pem file for future use in order to generate keys.]

EC2 key pair defaults

Name your key, and click “create key pair”.

Important! The key file will automatically download, so make sure you look for it, and save it to a secure place.

Finished! Now you can select your key for your zone during deployment.