How to Access the Ubuntu Server From a Mac Terminal


Ubuntu Server is distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. Apple Macintosh computers run Apple's Mac OS X operating system. Both operating systems are considered "UNIX-like" in that they operate using the same underlying command-line interface and support many of the same UNIX commands. Mac OS X has a terminal utility built into the operating system. You can access an Ubuntu Server from the Mac Terminal utility by using the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol.

  • Click the "Finder" icon in the Dock.

  • Click the "Go" menu at the top of the screen.

  • Click "Utilities."

  • Double-click ""

  • Type "ssh ubuntu-server" without quotes and replacing "ubuntu-server" with the IP address of the server. Press "Return."

  • Type the username of a user account on the Ubuntu server system, then press "Return."

  • Type the password associated with the Ubuntu server user account, then press "Return." All commands typed after this point happen as if they were typed directly on the Ubuntu server.

  • Type "exit" without quotes when finished to disconnect from the Ubuntu server.

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