Setting up SSH access for your new VPS/Enterprise Account - Mac

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NOTE: PC users please review this article

In order to access your new VPS server, there are a few steps that need to be completed. By Using your SSH key and agent forwarding you will not have to enter a password when connecting to your server. This is also a more secure way of connecting as opposed to using a password.

1. Generate an SSH key if you do not have one.

2. Enable SSH agent forwarding

3. Follow this article for adding the Key within Atomic. (The key needed is normally ~/.ssh/ 

1. Generating New SSH Keys:

Open your Terminal or SSH shell and enter

 ls -al ~/.ssh

If you see or then skip to step #2. If the directory is empty please follow these steps

 ssh-keygen -t rsa -C ""
# Creates a new ssh key, using the provided email as a label
# Generating public/private rsa key pair.
# Enter file in which to save the key (/Users/you/.ssh/id_rsa): [Press enter]

Next you'll be prompted for a passphrase

 Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): [Type a passphrase]
# Enter same passphrase again: [Type passphrase again]

After you enter the passphrase you should see this.

Your identification has been saved in /Users/you/.ssh/id_rsa.
# Your public key has been saved in /Users/you/.ssh/
# The key fingerprint is:
# 01:0f:f4:3b:ca:85:d6:17:a1:7d:f0:68:9d:f0:a2:db

2. Add your key to the ssh-agent

# start the ssh-agent in the background
eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
# Agent pid 59566
ssh-add -K ~/.ssh/id_rsa

NOTE: At the time this document was last updated - there is an issue some are experiencing with keychain access where the command above is not permanently adding the key. If you experience this, simply running that command again should resolve any problems.

2a. With the text editor of your choice open up


if this file does not exist you can create it in your terminal with.

touch ~/.ssh/config

NOTE: you can use the 'open' command to open a basic graphic text editor,
if you feel uncomfortable using a command-line text editor.

open ~/.ssh/config 

Add the following text to the file replacing with your server IP

   ForwardAgent yes


3. Copy your public SSH key and add the key within Atomic.

pbcopy < ~/.ssh/

Copies the contents of the file to your clipboard

Paste the key into Atomic following this article.

Once the key is installed via Atomic, you are ready to connect.

$ ssh username@your_server_hostname

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