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ec2 key permission denied – "Authentication failed, permission denied"

This article covers method to fix the error, ec2 key permission denied. 

"Permission denied (publickey)" and "Authentication failed, permission denied" errors occur if:

  • You're trying to connect using the wrong user name for your AMI.
  • The permissions are incorrect on the instance.
  • The incorrect SSH public key (.pub) file is in the authorized_keys file.


To fix this error, simply:

  • Verify that you're using the correct user name for your AMI.
  • Also Verify that the instance's permissions are correct and that the correct SSH public key is in the authorized_keys file.

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