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Have you ever wished you could remotely access your server's admin console without having to setup a complex remote access system? Now you can with SSHD.

SSHD securely exposes your bukkit admin console using the SSH protocol - the same protocol that serves as the secure foundation for nearly all remote server administration.

  • Compatible with all ssh clients, regardless of operating system.
  • Remotely view your server log in real-time.
  • Remotely issue commands from the server console, just as if you were on the server itself.
  • Supports multiple concurrent remote connections.
  • Strong identity support using public key authentication.
  • Remotely script your server by issuing one-off console commands with ssh.

Why should I use SSHD?

  • Your server runs on Windows.
  • You are in a shared hosting environment that only gives you access to the log files.
  • You want to share access to your server console, but don't want to give anybody access to the machine its running on.
  • You always wanted to use RCON, but want to see the server log as well.
  • You are tired of running your server in a Screen session.
  • You just want to access your server console using SSH.


  • listenAddress - The network interface(s) SSHD should listen on. Default all
  • port - Specify the port SSHD should listen on. Default 22
  • username/password - The credentials used to log into the server console. Default blank

Note: By default, only public key authentication is enabled. This is the most secure authentication mode! Setting a username and password will make your server less secure.

Setting Up Public Key Authentication

Setting up public key authentication with SSH requires first generating a public and private key pair and then installing just the public key on your Bukkit server.

On Windows

1. Download PuttyGen
2. Use PuttyGen to create a new public/private key pair. Here is a tutorial video.
- Make sure to set a key passphrase
- Make sure your key type is SSH-2 RSA
- Save the public key with your login name
- Save the private key in a secure location
3. Copy the public key to the authorized_keys directory in the SSHD plugin directory.
- Make sure the public key file name matches the user name you want to log in with. Remove the file extension.

On Linux/OS X

1. Check to see if you have an existing ssh key
- $ ls -al /.ssh
- If you get a directory not found error or an empty list, go to step 2, otherwise go to step 3
2. Create your SSH public/private key pair.
- $ ssh-keygen -t rsa
- - Press Enter to accept the default path (.ssh\id_rsa)
- - Set a passphrase
- $ eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
- $ ssh-add /.ssh/id_rsa
3. Export your SSH public key in PEM format.
- $ ssh-keygen -ef /.ssh/id_rsa > your_username
- replace your_username with your Minecraft login name
4. Copy the your_username file to the authorized_keys directory in the SSHD plugin directory.


None - just install and go.


None - SSHD uses cryptographic certificates or a secure username and password to verify remote access.

Source Code

Get the source on GitHub


This plugin utilizes Hidendra's plugin metrics system. the following information is collected and sent to mcstats.org unless opted out:

  • A unique identifier
  • The server's version of Java
  • Whether the server is in offline or online mode
  • Plugin's version
  • Server's version
  • OS version/name and architecture
  • core count for the CPU
  • Number of players online
  • Metrics version

Opting out of this service can be done by editing plugins/Plugin Metrics/config.yml and changing opt-out to true.