How to use SSH for Mac OS X

The OpenSSH client is a remote login program for the Mac OS X Terminal. It provides a secure way of logging into a remote machine and executing commands on that remote machine. It sets up a secure encrypted connection between two untrusted hosts over an insecure network.


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      Launch the Terminal application on your computer running Mac OS X. The application is located in Utilities folder within Applications.

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      In the command-line prompt window that appears, type "man ssh" without the quotation marks. A man (short for manual) page appears. Read the man page to familiarize yourself with using SSH. When you are ready, type the letter q at the prompt to quit the page.

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      Type "ssh user@hostname" without quotation marks. Substitute the appropriate username for "user." The hostname should be either the domain or the IP address of the remote machine.

    • 4

      You are prompted for a password for the remote machine. Enter the user's password. You are connected to the remote machine and can execute commands remotely.

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