# [Solved] python “RSA key format is not supported” when reading from .pem file

Here is my code:

```
from Crypto.PublicKey import RSA
#Write key to file
key = RSA.generate(4096)
privateKey = key.exportKey()
file1 = open('keyfile.pem', 'wb')
file1.write(privateKey)
file1.close()
#Read key from file
file2 = open('keyfile.pem', 'rb')
key = RSA.importKey(file2.read()) #this is the problem
```

The error is “RSA key format is not supported.” Can anyone help me with the best way to write/read the private key from a file?

##
Solution #1:

You have multiple issues with your code, mainly the way you are reading and writing the key. You never close the file, then open it twice during your read function; try changing your code to:

```
#Write key to file
key = RSA.generate(4096)
f = open('keyfile.pem', 'wb')
f.write(key.exportKey('PEM'))
f.close()
#Read key from file
f = open('keyfile.pem', 'rb')
key = RSA.importKey(f.read())
```

**Result**:

```
<_RSAobj @0x10d3cb2d8 n(4096),e,d,p,q,u,private>
```

##
Solution #2:

My answer and a little more complicated with pair of keys

```
from Crypto.PublicKey import RSA
key = RSA.generate(4096)
f = open('/home/john/Desktop/my_rsa_public.pem', 'wb')
f.close()
f.write(key.publickey().exportKey('PEM'))
f = open('/home/john/Desktop/my_rsa_private.pem', 'wb')
f.write(key.exportKey('PEM'))
f.close()
f = open('/home/john/Desktop/my_rsa_public.pem', 'rb')
f1 = open('/home/john/Desktop/my_rsa_private.pem', 'rb')
key = RSA.importKey(f.read())
key1 = RSA.importKey(f1.read())
x = key.encrypt(b"dddddd",32)
print(x)
z = key1.decrypt(x)
print(z)
```

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