How to setup automatic login with ssh without a password

Automatic login with ssh without a password

Published: Sunday, 28 October 2007

Install a ssh client

Download Cygwin and install the ssh package.

Auto login for ssh

  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

  1. Log out of the server and go back to your local shell
$ cd
$ mkdir .ssh
  1. Copy the file id_rsa that was generated on the server into this directory. You can use sftp or scp for this.
$ cd .ssh
$ chmod 600 id_rsa
  1. 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.