A while back here How can I enable Internet sharing without using the GUI or AppleScript? I asked if any one knows how to enable Internet sharing without using GUI or apple script, I still have that problem but I thought this one should be easier, I want to be able to SSH into my machine but sure enough I can't go to the "sharing" pane in the Preferences (It crashes). How can I start sshd?

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    I think that the issue to look into solving is why the Sharing preference pane is crashing. Does the system.log tell you anything useful?
    – kmm
    Apr 28, 2011 at 21:53

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You can enable SSH from the Terminal with:

sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ssh.plist

(note that you need to run this as an admin, and it'll ask for your admin password, which won't echo as you type.)


Here's the command to start VNC sharing -- not SSH, but perhaps it will help you (be sure to replace the password with your own!):

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -access -on -clientopts -setvnclegacy -vnclegacy yes -clientopts -setvncpw -vncpw PutYourOwnPasswordHere -restart -agent -privs -all

Then you should be able to log in using a VNC client with the password you specified.

Here's the command to stop sharing:

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -deactivate -configure -access -off

Note that the Sharing pane will NOT show that sharing is active when you turn it on this way via the command line!

Source: http://technotes.twosmallcoins.com/?p=279

sudo systemsetup -setremotelogin on
sudo systemsetup -setremotelogin off
  • Thanks. Also is there a way to add remove users who can ssh. You know in the UI you can choose who can use the "remote login".
    – Ali
    Oct 30, 2014 at 10:45

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