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OpenSSH is a free version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users of the Internet rely on. Users of telnet, rlogin, and ftp may not realize that their password is transmitted across the Internet unencrypted, but it is. OpenSSH encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks. Additionally, OpenSSH provides secure tunneling capabilities and several authentication methods, and supports all SSH protocol versions.

What's New

Version 6.0:


  • ssh-keygen(1): Add optional checkpoints for moduli screening
  • ssh-add(1): new -k option to load plain keys (skipping certificates)
  • sshd(8): Add wildcard support to PermitOpen, allowing things like "PermitOpen localhost:*". bz #1857
  • ssh(1): support for cancelling local and remote port forwards via the multiplex socket. Use ssh -O cancel -L more...


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Outer Member IconComment+118

Does this coëxist with or overwrite Apple's implementation?

If it overwrites, how can I know whether it will mess up other parts of my Apple-provided infrastructure?

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Version 6.0

The more important question is, why do you want to install it? Unless you understand fully the implications of installing this, just leave it alone. OpenSSH is already built-in to OS X, so just use that. Here are some GUI options:


mac2048 Member IconComment+1

I can't install OpenSSH 4.5 because it looks like the Makefile has a syntax error on line 3. It doesn't seem to like ".include" but it's happy with simply "include" without the dot. If I make that change then it gets a similar syntax error down in /usr/share/mk/bsd.own.mk (due to ".if" vs. "if"). I don't want to touch that file.

The original error is:
Makefile:3: *** missing separator. Stop.

MacOS 10.2.8 (old, I know, which is why I want to upgrade ssh), /usr/bin/make is GNU Make version 3.79

Has anybody run into this?

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Version 4.5
Peter da Silva

That means the Makefile is for BSD make, not GNU make. A configure script is possibly misidentifying the OS.

Peter da Silva

OK, make it with "bsdmake" not "make".

Anonymous Member IconReview

Download is unusable when clicked. "File does not appear to be compressed or encoded. Obtain further information about the contents of this file from the sender or provider of the file." Thanks a lot. Me, bitter? Disappointed? An utter waste of download time!

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Version 2.5.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

err. ok. so it worked flawlessly today. whatever. It works like it should

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Version 2.5.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

unfortunately, wouldn't let the installation complete..and yes I did go through the whole process of typing in the admin password, trying three times, etc

it also reset some of my preferences in the process. &^%$@^%!

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Version 2.5.2
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Version 5.7
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Downloads 40,116
Version Downloads 14,500
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Date 22 Apr 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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