How to Access a Raspberry Pi over SSH

You will often want to execute commands over SSH instead of having to Remote Desktop or access your Pi via a monitor and keyboard.

Here’s how to get SSH setup on your Pi.

Enable SSH

  • On your Pi, go to Preferences -> Raspberry Pi Configuration
  • Click ‘Interfaces’ and Enable SSH, Click OK

Install Putty on Desktop

I use Putty as my SSH client. Download and install it from: http://www.putty.org/

Create SSH Connection

Open a command prompt and execute the following:

putty.exe -ssh pi@raspberrypi

Replace ‘pi’ with your username if you changed it and replace ‘raspberrypi’ with your hostname if you change it.

If you cannot find your Pi by hostname, then you’ll need to follow these steps to configure Samba so your hostname appears on your network.

You will now be connected to your Pi over SSH.