Automatically convert PEM to PPK

February 28, 2016
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Automatically convert PEM to PPK

February 28, 2016
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Let me start by saying I love AWS. AWS is awesome, and you can do awesome things with AWS. But, if you’re like me you find it annoying working with Linux instances on AWS.

Why is that, you ask?

Well, that’s because every time I download a new Key Pair for an AWS EC2 Instance, I have to go through the oh so tedious task of converting the PEM file to something that PuTTY can use (because PuTTY won’t use PEM files). In this day and age, this is too many clicks and we want something easy and convenient.

So what did I do? I wrote some software that will convert these files automatically from PEM to PPK. What’s this piece of software called?

Why, pem2ppk of course…!

And it’s free! 🙂

Download a copy from here:

Leave a comment below if you find it useful, or have any suggestions / improvement requests.

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About Justin McGee

IT Manager in Brisbane, Australia who gets a kick out of all things IT, be it software, scripts, new technologies or anything else that interests me!


  1. Sue Parker August 24, 2016 9:22 pm

    Does pem2ppk have a command line option?

    • Justin McGee August 25, 2016 4:42 am

      Hi Sue,

      Not at the moment, but if you let me know what you would like to do with the command line I can see what I can work out for you? I’ll flick you an email in case you don’t check here.



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