SSH to VM

How to connect to your Orka VM via SSH.

If your macOS VM has Remote Login enabled, you can connect to it via SSH and perform remote operations through the terminal.

On this page, you will learn how to:

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Quick command summary

orka vm status
ssh <macOS user>@<VM IP> -p <SSH PORT>
scp -P <SSH PORT> <PATH TO LOCAL FILE> <macOS user>@<VM IP>:<REMOTE PATH>

Prerequisites

  1. Connect to your Orka environment via VPN.
  2. Log in with your Orka user.
  3. Create and deploy an SSH-enabled VM. You can use an SSH-enabled image or you can create a VM and then enable SSH. See Creating an SSH-Enabled Image.

Step 1: Get the IP and SSH port

  • Run the following command:
orka vm status -v <NAME> -y

You should see a similar output:

Deployed

        Name  <NAME>
          ID  <VM_ID>
       Owner  [email protected]
        Node  macpro-2 (UP)
          IP  10.10.10.5
         VNC  :5999
 Screenshare  :5900
         SSH  :8822
    vCPU|CPU  6|6
         RAM  15GB
  Base image  Mojave.img
      Status  running

Step 2: SSH to the VM

  • Run the following command:
ssh <macOS_user>@<VM_IP> -p <SSH_PORT>

For example: ssh [email protected] -p 8822

If prompted, confirm that you want to add the IP and port combo to your known hosts.

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TIP: Transfer files?

To transfer files, you can use the following command without logging in via SSH first: scp -P <SSH_PORT> <PATH_TO_LOCAL_FILE> <macOS_user>@<VM_IP>:<REMOTE_PATH>

For example: scp -P 8822 /Users/foobar/Downloads/file.zip [email protected]:/Users/admin/Downloads

What's next

While logged in via SSH, perform actions on the VM from the terminal. For example, create or remove files and directories, run setup scripts, install CLI package managers and packages, and so on.


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