SSH Login Without Password


You can login to a ssh session without having to type a password by using RSA Key authentication.

Let's say HOME is where we'll be connecting from and OFFICE is where we will connect to. The remote OFFICE user is worker

Generate Authentication Keys

ssh-keygen -t rsa

The output will be something like:

Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/Users/rest/.ssh/id_rsa): 
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): 
Enter same passphrase again: 
Your identification has been saved in /Users/rest/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /Users/rest/.ssh/
The key fingerprint is:
SHA256:dSklce3rzGeYdt1c1dlCr5/lQ8omilOdjm1pfmMagOM  rest@host.local
The key's randomart image is:
+---[RSA 2048]----+
|          o.o.   |
|           + .o  |
|          o oo .+|
|        .. o  o.=|
|       oS.. .  +.|
|      . ...o  o.o|
|       E. +.o+o**|
|       ... B.BBoX|
|       ...=o*..+.|

Create Remote .ssh Directory

Now use ssh to create a directory ~/.ssh as user worker on OFFICE. (The directory may already exist, which is fine):

ssh worker@OFFICE mkdir -­p .ssh

Append Public Key to Remote Host

Finally append HOME's newly created public key into OFFICE's ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file:

cat ~/.ssh/ | ssh worker@OFFICE 'cat >> .ssh/authorized_keys'

Login Without Password

From now on you can log into OFFICE as worker without having to type a password:

ssh worker@OFFICE