If you have an Amazon EC2 server like me, you have probably had to convert a .pem file to a .ppk. No matter why you might need to convert a .pem to a .ppk, here is how it’s done.
- Start PuTTYgen
- Click “Load” and select the .pem file then click “Ok” when it says it generate the key.
- Click “Save private key” then click “yes” to allow it to download without a pass-phrase as you don’t need one with Amazon.
- That’s it! Pretty easy huh! now X out the window and go get your key file from where you downloaded it to. You are done. Follow the link at the bottom of this tutorial for a new tutorial on how to connect to your EC2 web server using the FileZilla FTP client.
Low level steps:
- If you don’t have PuTTYgen, download Putty and start the Start PuTTYgen app that comes with it. Google “download putty” to get the latest release.
- Just click Load and upload your .pem file.
- Do not mess with any of the defaults on the next screen unless you know what you are doing. Simply click “Download Private Key…”
- Save it to a safe place then follow the link below to learn how to use your new .ppk file with Filezilla to connect to your instance.
Connect to Amazon EC2 Server with FileZilla: