December 3, 2015

How to Setup Shortcuts for SSH

Instead of using SSH on an IP address that you’ll definitely forget, you can use shortcuts instead! For instance, instead of typing:

ssh [email protected]

Wouldn’t you rather do something like:


Creating SSH shortcuts

To create shortcuts, you have to create a file inside your home directory’s .ssh folder called config.

If the ~/.ssh directory does not exist.

Now, we can create the config file.

For every IP address that you want to add a shortcut, add the following three lines of information corresponding to shortcut name, IP address, and username separated by a new line:

Now, you can ssh into the machine with the shortcut.

You can also ssh to any other hostname that you have set in the config file.