How to fix "/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No identities found"


# ssh-copy-id root@
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No identities found

You will have to manually define the path of the public key using -i switch as shown below

# ssh-copy-id -i .ssh/
root@'s password:

Now try logging into the machine, with "ssh ''", and check in:


to make sure we haven't added extra keys that you weren't expecting.
That did the trick.
In my another article I have shared the steps to configure SSH port forwarding and tunnelling in Linux
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4 thoughts on “How to fix "/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No identities found"”

  1. Hi Deepak
    i have tried your trick above but not working in my ubuntu 12.04.1 kernel 3.2.0-29-generic pae
    There is still /usb/bin/ssh-copy-id: ERROR: No Identities found

  2. Hi first use below command on source server
    Generating public/private rsa key pair.
    Enter file in which to save the key (/root/.ssh/id_rsa):
    Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
    Enter same passphrase again:
    Your identification has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.
    Your public key has been saved in /root/.ssh/
    The key fingerprint is:
    After that try to ssh-copy-id …should works.


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