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Published: September 27, 2015

In this post I’ll explain how to setup ssh keys on a Mac so you no longer have to enter a password when connecting to a remote machine using ssh.

If you don’t have homebrew installed consider doing so now. To quote the authors: “It’s the missing package manager for OSX”. Whilst not entirely necessary it will allow us to easily install the prerequisites.

Install ssh-copy-id which allows us to upload the public key to the remote more easily.

brew install ssh-copy-id

Create the public and private key pair file locally providing an optional password. This will get stored under ~/.ssh. Specifying a filename is optional.


Now we need to put the public key on the remote server. The tool we installed in step 1 will allow us to easily do this.

ssh-copy-id user@serverip-or-name

That’s it! ssh onto the machine using the user you specified in step 3 and if all went well you’ll connect without having to provide a password.