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Automatically create OS X bookmark files (.webloc) from your SSH config

This program allows you to automatically create bookmarks for all hosts that your SSH knows about. The really cool part is that it also includes a LaunchAgent script that re-runs this every time your SSH config changes. Include the output dir in your LaunchBar / QuickSilver / Alfred config, and you can SSH into hosts without even opening Terminal (to type SSH)!

High Sierra compatibility warning

MacOS High Sierra does not allow you to use ssh:// URLs in .webloc files!

If you use this tool together with LaunchBar, I have created an Action extension for it that you can find in the action subdir of this repo


You'll need Rust 1.13 or later, and cargo.

Installing from

cargo install ssh_bookmarker

Installing from git:

cargo install ssh_bookmarker --git


You can use ssh_bookmarker create as a one-off script to generate SSH bookmarks in a specific directory. Specify SSH config file locations with -c and known_host files with -k (There are no defaults for file locations, so you'll have to specify them all yourself).

Watching your SSH config files

You can use ssh_bookmarker launchagent with the same options as you would create to create a LaunchAgent definition. The agent will watch all the SSH config and known_hosts files you specify, and invoke the ssh_bookmarker program every time launchd detects changes. Here's an example:

$ mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
$ ssh_bookmarker launchagent \
  -c /etc/ssh/ssh_config -c ~/.ssh/config \
  -k /etc/ssh/ssh_known_hosts -k ~/.ssh/known_hosts \
  ~/Library/"SSH Locations" > ~/Library/LaunchAgents/net.boinkor.ssh-bookmarker.plist

$ launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/net.boinkor.ssh-bookmarker.plist ; launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/net.boinkor.ssh-bookmarker.plist

Now, all the files in ~/Library/SSH Locations should be re-created whenever ~/.ssh/config or /etc/ssh/ssh_known_hosts or any of the other files listed change.