ssh remote server on some port other than 22 without password

I am usually connecting to the remote server with

ssh [email protected] -p 11000

and then giving the password each time for user.
How should I avoid entering the password each time I connect using ssh ?


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Method 1

First, put this in ~/.ssh/config:

Host server
Port 11000
User user

You will be able to ssh server, then type the password.

Second, check in ~/.ssh/ to see if you have files named id_rsa and If not, you don’t have any key set up, so you have to generate a pair using ssh-keygen. You can give the keys a password or not. The generated file should look like this:

ssh-rsa lotsofrandomtext [email protected]

Third, ssh to the server, create the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys if it doesn’t exist. Then append the contents of the ~/.ssh/ that you generated earlier here. This might mean copying the file contents to your clipboard, then opening ~/.ssh/authorized_keys in a text editor and pasting the thing.

Alternatively, use the command ssh-copy-id server (replace server with the name in ~/.ssh/config). This will do the same thing as above. At times I have seen ssh-copy-id getting stuck, so I don’t really like it.

You should now be able to ssh with just ssh server, unless you have chosen to protect your private key with a passphrase. Generally if you don’t use a passphrase, you should protect your private key by other means (e.g. full disk encryption).

Fourth (only needed if you protect your private key with a passphrase), put this in ~/.bashrc:

start_ssh_agent() {
    # Try to use an existing agent
    if [[ -e "$save" ]]
        . "$save" > /dev/null
    # No existing agent, start a new one
    if [[ -z "$SSH_AGENT_PID" || ! -e "/proc/$SSH_AGENT_PID" ]]
        ssh-agent > "$save"
        . "$save" > /dev/null

With this, you will only need to enter the passphrase once per computer boot.

Method 2

Turn to key-based authentication.

Method 3

As a supplement to phunehehe’s answer, see the Gentoo Linux Keychain Guide for a guide to keychain. keychain also uses ssh-agent. The ssh-agent daemon makes the passphrase available (it becomes unavailable when the ssh-agent daemon dies) but keychain reuses an ssh-agent between logins, and optionally prompts for passphrases each time the user logs in, to quote the guide.

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