Couldn’t load private key format too new

This issue happens when you use PuTTYgen to generate or convert to a ppk key.

When you use PuTTYgen to generate or convert to a ppk key and leave PuTTYgen settings as default, you might experience this issue.

From PuTTY version 0.75, the program uses a new format to generate the SSH private key; it uses ppk version 3. However, PuTTY 0.74 or earlier versions can’t read this format, and this can be a problem for programs that use PuTTY internally, like Solar PuTTY or MobaXtermn. If the internal PuTTY version is not compatible with PPK version 3, the program can’t use keys created with a default setting of PuTTY 0.75.

Solution

You can generate a new SSH key pair or change the private key format of an existing private key using PuTTYgen .

Step 1: Change the PuTTYgen PPK File Version to version 2.

Run the PuTTYgen program. Go to Key > Parameters for saving key files…

Changing the Version of the SSH Private Key

Change the PuTTygen PPK File Version to version 2.

Changing the Version of the SSH Private Key

Step 2: Generate a new SSH key pair or change the format of an existing one.

After following step one, you can now generate a key using the ppk version 2. You will be able to SSH to the cloud instance. This option is better if you are just creating the cloud instance. 

Step 3: Click on Load and search for your ppk key (version 3). Click Save private key, to convert the key to the old ppk format.

Changing the Version of the SSH Private Key

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