How to Enable SSH (Secure Shell) in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy

This simple tutorial shows you how to enable ssh in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander. As you may know, SSH (Secure Shell) is a secure communication protocol that lets you remotely access networked computers. It is known as a replacement for Telnet which is very unsecure. While Telnet sends traffic in plain text, SSH on the other hand uses a secure protocol to communicate.

Tutorial Objectives:

  • Enable SSH in Ubuntu 13.10
  • Enjoy!

To get started, install SSH Server openssh-server from Ubuntu Software Center. Or run command below if you’re on Ubuntu Server without GUI:

sudo apt-get install openssh-server

That’s it. Use your client to connect to this machine via the default port 22.

You can change the port as well as disable root login and other settings by editing the config file /etc/ssh/sshd_config via root privilege:

sudo gedit /etc/ssh/sshd_config