How do you run a ssh server on Mac OS X?


Go to System Preferences -> Sharing, enable Remote Login.

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    ... and make sure the user is included in "Allow access for" -.-
    – d4Rk
    Nov 4 '14 at 21:55
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    sudo systemsetup -setremotelogin on May 7 '20 at 7:44

In System Preferences under Sharing, there is an option for Remote Login.

This will run sshd at startup (through launchd) and enable SSH access with standard options. To tweak the sshd options, edit /etc/sshd_config (you'll need to do this in a sudo shell or via sudo vi /etc/sshd_config).

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    Unfortunately, that config file won't allow you to edit the port used. To change the port, see serverfault.com/a/67616/102900. Oct 23 '13 at 17:08
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    To restart ssh, turn Remote login off, and then turn it back on. No restart is required. Jun 7 '16 at 13:40
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    OpenSSH sshd_config file is in /etc/ssh/sshd_config, never see it in /etc on any Linux distro or UNIX-like systems.
    – Terry Wang
    Apr 16 '20 at 0:03

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