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I'm trying to set up the EC2 API tools and I'm stuck because I cannot figure out where I can obtain the file pointed to by the EC2_PRIVATE_KEY environment variable (I believe I have the EC2_CERT).

Of the multitude of different access credentials visible in the EC2 user interface, which one do I need to make the command line tools work?

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Ok, turns out that I need to generate a new X.509 certificate, and then I'll be able to download both the EC2_PRIVATE_KEY and the EC2_CERT files.

This link proved useful: http://paulstamatiou.com/how-to-getting-started-with-amazon-ec2

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Hey - thanks so much for answering your own question! It's really helpful for others when we arrive here from Google. :) PW –  Phil Whittington Jun 20 '11 at 21:13
    
I can't find where "AWS Access Identifiers page" is! –  Stewie May 29 '12 at 17:49

The private key is only downloadable at the moment you create the certificate.

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Very helpful. I can only have two access keys so I deleted one, created another and then downloaded the credentials as a CSV. Worked great! Thanks! –  Tim Stewart Jan 25 '13 at 19:50
    
How do I download the private key from Amazon AWS? –  c.jespersen Jan 28 at 16:53

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