Ssh shorthand name for hostnames

How to use shorthand names for hostnames with ssh? You don’t always want to type in a complete host name when using ssh to remote hosts. Here is how to configure and use shorthand hostnames with ssh.

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Configure shortened names for hosts for use with ssh

If you want to configure shortened names for your servers & hosts for use with SSH, follow the next steps:

Open up your .ssh/config file:

vi ~/.ssh/config

and add the following:

Host your_short_name
HostName server.on.the.web
User user_to_user

Save the file and exit (:wq).

Now you can use ‘ssh your_short_name‘ instead of: ssh -l username this-is-my-long-hostname.example.com.

Pretty neat, right?! :-)


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