Open SSH folder in Dolphin using a SSH-key

Dolphin allows you to connect to folders on other machines per SSH, but there is no option to specify a key file. But you can add the key to your general SSH configuration (with the added benefit that you also won’t have to specify the keyfile anywhere else, no more -i on the command line!). This is how it works:

  1. Locate your private key file, say it’s ~/.ssh/myidentity_rsa.
  2. Open or create the file ~/.ssh/config and add the lines
    Host myhost.net
      HostName myhost.net
      IdentityFile ~/.ssh/myidentity_rsa
    
  3. Type fish://user@myhost.net/path/to/folder/ into the location bar.
  4. Now it should ask for the passphrase to your key.

Done!

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