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May 02, 2024
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How to Remote Ubuntu via SSH

Install SSH, find the IP address, then use an SSH client to connect securely to an Ubuntu server from another computer.

Terminal on Ubuntu Linux

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Secure Shell (SSH) is a protocol used to securely connect to a remote computer. In this guide, we’ll show you how to connect to an Ubuntu server from another computer using SSH.

Install SSH

By default, SSH is not installed on all Ubuntu installations. To ensure it’s installed, open a terminal on your Ubuntu system and enter the following command:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openssh-server

Start the SSH Service

After installing SSH, start the service with this command:

sudo systemctl start ssh

You can check if SSH is running with this command:

sudo systemctl status ssh

Find Your IP Address

To connect to your Ubuntu system, you’ll need its IP address. Use this command to find it:

hostname -I

This will return your IP address.

Connect from Another Computer

On another computer (Windows, Mac, or another Linux system), open a terminal or an SSH client and use the following command to connect to your Ubuntu system:

ssh username@your_ip_address

Replace username with your Ubuntu username, and your_ip_address with the IP address you found in the previous step.

Trust the SSH Connection

The first time you connect to your Ubuntu system via SSH, you’ll be asked to confirm the connection’s authenticity. Type yes and press Enter to proceed.


Once connected, you can execute commands, transfer files, and manage your Ubuntu system remotely. To exit, type exit and press Enter.