Create a key pair

In this topic, you create a key pair to launch an instance on the AWS console in later steps.


  • You have an account at the AWS platform.


  1. Go to

  2. Sign in to the AWS console.

  3. On the top menu, open Services.

  4. Go to the Compute section and click EC2.

    Result: A new window opens.

    aws console ec2
  5. On the Resources pane, click Key pairs.

    aws key pairs
  6. Click Create key pair to generate keys for the instance.

    aws key pair 2
  7. Enter a name for the key pair.

  8. Make sure that RSA is selected as the key pair type and .ppk as the private key file format.

  9. Click Create key pair.

Result: The newly created key pair appears in the key pairs overview with the name, type, fingerprint, and ID.


  • You have created a key pair for an AWS instance.