Walter shows you how to
recover access to an EC2 instance
if you lost your SSH key pair


I've lost my SSH private key and am locked out of my Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Linux instance. How can I recover access?

To recover access to your Linux instance, you must create a new key pair to replace the lost key pair.

For more information, see Connecting to Your Linux Instance If You Lose Your Private Key.

Note: Do not perform this procedure if your instance is a store-backed instance, because this recovery procedure requires a stop and start of your instance, and any data will be lost. For more information, see Determining the Root Device Type of Your Instance.

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Published: 2018-05-21