Posted On: Apr 29, 2022

Starting today, customers can view the creation date and public key material for existing and new key pairs created using Amazon EC2 key pairs. Customers will also be able to create ED25519 key pairs in ppk format in addition to pem format and use CloudFormation templates with key pairs. These features will be available in the Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.

Amazon EC2 customers use key pairs to authenticate to Amazon EC2 instances, when they needed to establish secure connections to deploy and manage instances on Amazon EC2. Previously customers could only view a list of key pairs they created along with the tag assigned to it. With the addition of new management features, customers will be able to view creation date on the Amazon EC2 Management Console as well as when they use CLI and SDK. Customers will also be able to query for the public key material using the DescribeKeypairs API.

Customers using ED25519 key pairs on Amazon EC2, were previously limited to generating them in PEM format. In addition to PEM, customers will now be able to generate keys in PPK format simplifying connectivity with third party clients such as PuTTY using these keys.

In addition to this, customers can now also create and delete key pairs using Cloudformation templates. To learn more about key pairs visit our documentation.