SSH Aliases on MacOS

SSH Aliases on MacOS

As I've spent more and more time using SSH with different machines, it has quickly become something of a bother looking up the IP address of each machine every time I needed to make a connection.
As ever with these things, if you're willing to do a little digging, there's usually a solution (or two). If you're on MacOS (or any *NIX system) then the following is probably the simplest way to handle SSH aliases.

Start by moving into the hidden ssh folder in your user directory:

cd ~/.ssh

Create a file called config (if it doesn't already exist) and edit it using a text editor of your liking (I chose nano):

nano config

You then want to set the file up as per the following example:

Host mycoolalias
User myuser

Host myotheralias
User myotheruser

Of course, you're going to want to replace mycoolalias with something memorable, e.g. for the server running this site I use the alias blog. Your user is going to be the username you login with (hopefully not root).

Save the file and exit (Ctrl+X if you used nano) then your alias should be available by running:

ssh mycoolalias

You can set up as many of these as you want as per the example above. There are a tonne more options that you can set for each host and if you're so inclined you can go ahead and check out the OpenSSH manual pages.

Thanks for reading!

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