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