In this quick tutorial I’ll show you how to create new public and private keys within Bluehost, activating SSH access, and installing the public key in your Mac.
From here, we’ll be able to create and manage our SSH keys. Right now, we’ll click on generate a new key. We’ll be creating new public and private keys called id_rsa_bluehost2, put in the password, and leave everything else as-is and press submit.
Now that the keys are created, you should be back to the main page that allows you to create and manage your SSH key, but this time we’ll click on view and download so that we can copy to the clipboard the public key to store on our machine which we will do shortly.
Before we leave Bluehost, the last thing we’ll want to take note is at the bottom of the main page are the credentials we’ll be using to SSHing in the terminal. Hostname will typically be yourwebsitedomain.com and the username will whatever username you were using to login into c-panel.
That’s all we need to do in Bluehost. Now we’ll go to the desktop and fire up the terminal. You’ll want to navigate to the SSH folder.
>> cd ~/.ssh
And then view the directory. You’re looking for a known_host file. If you don’t have one then type
That will create a blank known_host file then you can open up known_host with
This will open up the file. Now lets paste the public key you copied earlier in your clip board into this file. You’ll want to follow something like: [yourwebsitedomain.com]:22 and then paste your public key.
Exit vim and now everything is setup. You should now be able to SSH into your Bluehost account with
>> ssh [email protected]
Enter your password and you’re in!