How to setup automatic login with ssh without a password

Install a ssh client.

Download Cygwin and install the ssh package.

Auto login for ssh

Excellent instructions are provided here, a summary is provided below.

  1. Login to the ssh server with your client.

  2. Generate your key pair using the following command:

    $ ssh-keygen -t rsa
    Generating public/private rsa key pair.
    Enter file in which to save the key (/home/jurn/.ssh/id_rsa):
    Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
    Enter same passphrase again:
    Your identification has been saved in /home/jurn/.ssh/id_rsa
    Your public key has been saved in /home/jurn/.ssh/
    $ cd ~/.ssh
    $ cat >> authorized_keys
    $ chmod 600 authorized_keys

    Don't use any passphrase

  3. Log out of the server and go back to your local shell

    $ cd
    $ mkdir .ssh
  4. Copy the file id_rsa that was generated on the server into this directory. You can use sftp or scp for this.

  5. $ cd .ssh
    $ chmod 600 id_rsa
  6. You should now be able to login via ssh without having to prompt for a password.


In cygwin, your home is in the passwd file /etc/passwd, even if you set the $HOME environment variable

Check that the authorized_keys file on the server is not corrupted.

If you are having trouble you can use the -v option in ssh to give you some debugging info.

Lookup the man page for ssh if you are stuck.

Published: Sunday, 28 October 2007