Use SSH Client With Password On Command Line

by on June 22, 2010 · 0 comments· LAST UPDATED June 22, 2011

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How do I pass an additional command line option to my OpenSSH client for password? I need to pass the both usename and password on the command line as follows:

ssh user@server.nixcraft.net.in myPasswordHere "command1"

How do I pass a password to ssh client under Linux or UNIX operating systems?

You need to use the sshpass command. It is a utility designed for running ssh using the mode referred to as "keyboard-interactive" password authentication, but in non-interactive mode. You can install it as follows:
$ sudo apt-get install sshpass
And pass the password as follows:
$ sshpass -p 'mySSHPasswordHere' ssh username@server.nixcraft.net.in "uptime"
OR
$ sshpass -p 'PASSWORD' ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no username@server.nixcraft.net.in "who"

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