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SSH stands for secure shell. You can remotely connect to the raspberry pi terminal with an SSH client. A popular ssh client is Putty for Windows. The ssh command can be used on macOS and GNU/Linux
NOTE Your Raspberry Pi needs to be connected to the same network (either via Ethernet or Wifi Dongle) as the computer you are accessing it from.
Note: Starting with RetroPie 4.2, in order to keep the default image secure, SSH is disabled by default. It can be enabled in either of the two ways listed below.
Pre-boot. From a system with an SD-card reader, access the /boot/ directory and create an empty file called ssh
In raspi-config: after booting.
interfacing options >> SSH >> Enable >> reboot your pi
For more information on why SSH was disabled see HERE
When using BerryBoot
When using RetroPie with BerryBoot you cannot use
raspi-config. There is a workaround to enable SSH:
- Boot to RetroPie (via BerryBoot)
- Enter shell by pressing Ctrl + F4
sudo touch ssh
sudo reboot now
When you first start putty you can sign in with the following credentials:
You can also use your raspberry pi's ip address instead of
See here if you wish to log in as root.
Common Terminal Commands:
sudo shutdown -h now
list Files in Current Directory
Retropie Setup Script:
Edit Files with Nano:
sudo nano /path/to/file.txt
Change owner to Pi:
sudo chown pi:pi filetobechanged
Change owner of folder and all files in folder to Pi:
sudo chown -R pi:pi /folder/to/be/changed
Make shell script executable:
sudo chmod +x yourshellscript.sh
If you find that you are getting weird characters on the dialog gui for the RetroPie Setup script you can change the font encoding to make it look pretty again.