I believe the best developers are the laziest ones, those who do more by doing less. That includes not having to type in your password every time you want to login to your Intel Edison.

If you have worked with *nix systems, you might be familiar with SSH Public Key authentication. If you don’t know what that is, I strongly recommend having a read of this article, it is by far one of the best explanations I’ve seen.

In a nutshell, we will be generating a private and a public key. Then we will copy ONLY the public key to the Edison. That way you will be able to login to the Edison automatically as long as you have the private key.

Let’s start, first open a terminal, then run the following commands:

  1. Generate private / public key pair via ssh-keygen:

    ssh-keygen -t rsa

    I named the key “edison_key“, but feel free to use your own name. When you’re prompted for the passphrase just press enter, to avoid creating one. It should all look like this:

  2. Copy the public key (edison_key.pub) to your intel edison:

    cat /Users/daniel/.ssh/edison_key.pub | ssh [email protected] "mkdir -p ~/.ssh && cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys"

    Make sure you replace /Users/daniel/.ssh/edison_key.pub with your own path. Also, I’m assuming the Edison is accessible via with SSH enabled.

  3. That’s it! Let’s connect now:

    ssh [email protected] -i /Users/daniel/.ssh/edison_key

Tip: If you want to avoid specifying the private key … -i /Users/daniel/.ssh/edison_key, just use the default name when generating the key on step 1, which is id_rsa.