Convert .pem to .ppk File

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.

  1. Start PuTTYgen
  2. Click “Load” and select the .pem file then click “Ok” when it says it generate the key.
  3. Click “Save private key” then click “yes” to allow it to download without a pass-phrase as you don’t need one with Amazon.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Just click Load and upload your .pem file.
  3. Do not mess with any of the defaults on the next screen unless you know what you are doing. Simply click “Download Private Key…”
  4. 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:

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