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Organizations and Projects - Quickstart

Reviewed on 04 March 2024Published on 26 May 2021

When you create a Scaleway account, an Organization, of which you are the Owner, is created for you.

An Organization is made of one or several Projects that contain your resources. This page helps you get started with using Projects and managing your resources.

How to generate an SSH key

To establish connections with Instances, Elastic Metal servers, and Mac minis, you must generate an SSH key for your Project. Creating and uploading the SSH key to your Project before resource creation has the advantage of prompting you to associate the uploaded SSH key with the resource during the creation process. This simplifies the management of SSH access for you.

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

SSH keys allow you to securely connect to your Instances without using a password.

You can generate the SSH key pair on your local machine. The process will depend on your operating system.

How to generate an SSH key pair on OSX and Linux

On OSX and Linux, you can generate the SSH key pair directly from the terminal (command line).

  1. Open the terminal application.

  2. Type ssh-keygen -o -b 4096 and press Enter to generate a new key.


    For security reasons you must generate a 2048-bit or 4096-bit RSA key (hence the -b 4096 part of the command). Older 1024-bit keys are no longer supported. The -o option was added in 2014, to specify use of the new OpenSSH format. If the command fails for you, try removing the -o.

  3. Enter a filepath to save the key to when prompted. Alternatively, press Enter to leave this at the default setting (the key will be saved in a file called id_rsa in the ~/.ssh directory).

    Enter file in which to save the key (~/.ssh/id_rsa):`
  4. Enter a passphrase when prompted. This step is not mandatory, but is recommended for increased security. The passphrase can be freely chosen. If you do not want to set a passphrase, press Enter directly.

    Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
  5. Enter the passphrase again for confirmation when prompted, and press Enter:

    Enter same passphrase again:

    The key pair is generated in the filepath you specified. The key pair consists of:

    • The public key, named id\
    • The private (identification) key, named id\_rsa
  6. Display the content of the public key with the following command and copy it.

    cat ~/.ssh/
  7. Copy the content of the public key. You will need this in the next step. Your key should look something like the output shown:

    ssh-rsa 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 me@localhost

How to generate an SSH key pair on Windows

On Windows, you can use the third-party application PuTTYgen to generate an SSH key pair.

  1. Download and install PuTTY to your local computer. The PuTTYgen application is automatically installed (as well as the main PuTTY application).

  2. Launch PuTTYgen by double-clicking on the application icon. The following screen displays.

  3. Select RSA, set the number of bits in the key to 4096 and click the Generate button:2. Launch PuTTYgen by double-clicking on the application icon. The following screen displays.

  4. Select RSA, set the number of bits in the key to 4096 and click the Generate button:

    The public and private keys are generated and the following screen displays:

  5. Complete the steps on the screen to finish:

    • Fill in the Key-comment field with a name to help you identify this key pair
    • Click the Save public key button and save it in the folder of your choice
    • Click Save private key to save the private key in the same folder
    • Select the content of the public key (the sequence of characters under “Public key for pasting into OpenSSH authorized_keys file”). Copy it, as you will need this in the next step.

How to upload the public SSH key to your Scaleway Project

You must upload the content of the public part of the SSH key pair you just created to the Scaleway interface. This is then associated with your Project and can be transferred to your Instances during the boot process.

  1. From the Scaleway console, navigate to the Credentials tab of your Project Dashboard.

  2. Scroll down to the SSH key section, and click Add a new SSH key.

  3. Paste the content of the public key (which you copied in the previous step) into the pop-up box, and optionally add a description. Then click Add an SSH key.

    You will now be able to connect to your Instances via SSH

How to add resources to your Project

To add a new resource to your Project, first ensure you are currently editing the correct Project.

  1. Click Project Dashboard in the Scaleway console side menu to check if you are logged in the correct Project.

  2. You can also check if the name of your Project appears in the Selected Project drop-down menu.

  3. Select the resource you want to create from the console side menu.

  4. Click the resource and follow the deployment instructions.

    Once the resource is created, it is automatically included in your Project.

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