I am trying to find a way of turning on SSH through terminal, instead of opening settings and turn it on that way. Or perhaps a way to turn SSH on by running a .pkg file?

I am running OS X Lion, but it would be great if it also worked on Snow Leopard!

3 Answers 3


enable remote login

systemsetup -setremotelogin on

disable remote login

systemsetup -setremotelogin off
  • Can i allow it for a specific user via terminal?
    – user389393
    Nov 13, 2014 at 9:04

You may have to sudo:

    sudo systemsetup -setremotelogin on

I've found terminal WILL ask:

Do you really want to turn remote login off? If you do, you will lose this connection and can only turn it back on locally at the server (yes/no)?

Typing 'yes' in scripts is not always possible. To resolve this, use a -f flag before -setremotelogin, like so:

systemsetup -f -setremotelogin on
systemsetup -f -setremotelogin off
  • Actually, it's needed enough that most *nix systems come with yes.
    – Kasisnu
    Dec 7, 2016 at 14:48

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