Installation Notes

ssh-deploy-key is normally installed via pip. However, on some systems, there are source files that must be installed first.

Install the Prerequisites

ssh-deploy-key depends on the Paramiko ssh library, which requires the Python sources. You can install these using the normal package managers for your OS.

Debian/Ubuntu (apt-get)

sudo apt-get install python-dev

Red Hat/Centos (yum)

sudo yum install python-devel


On macs, the Python sources do not need to be installed, but a compiler is required. And compilers are not pre-installed by default.

Normally, you can just run the pip command to install ssh-deploy-key (see below), and if no compiler is currently on your system, you will be prompted to install one:


If this happens, click the ‘install’ button, then run the pip command again.

Install ssh-deploy-key via Pip

Once the development stuff is in place, ssh-deploy-key is installed with the pip command. Pip is the standard Python package installation tool. To get it, see


sudo pip install ssh-deploy-key

Boom! Done!