SSH + Raspberry Pi

Nov 20, 2013 · 2 min read

This is part of a short series of posts that i'm writing shortly after getting my hands on a Raspberry Pi In which i want to;

Setting up your SSH keys

You can skip this section; Assuming you already have set up your SSH keys, in order to use something like Heroku or GitHub.If you haven't here’s a good article from GitHub.

Get your SSH key to the Pi

After setting you your SSH key (above) you should find that you have the following two files; ~/.ssh/id_rsa and ~/.ssh/

These represent your public and private keys. We want to copy our public key ( in to a file called “authorized_keys” on the Raspberry Pi.

First, use secure copy or SCP to copy the file over.

$ scp ~/.ssh/ pi@<ip address>

Then, SSH into your Raspberry Pi.

$ ssh pi@<ip address>

If you don't have an .ssh directory (ls -a) then create it.

$ mkdir ~/.ssh

Append your public key to the file called “authorized_keys”.

$ cat >> .ssh/authorized_keys

Ensure that the owner can has read and write permissions.

$ chmod 600 .ssh/authorized_keys

And remove public key file that you initially copied over.

$ rm

Now you should be able to exit you ssh session and the next time you start it up, you wont have to enter your password.


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