Remotely listen to your own music with iTunes hosted by mt-daapd and tunneled through ssh.
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A simple ssh tunnel setup script to ssh tunnel an iTunes connection to a remote mt-daapd server.


Simplified BSD license (aka Two-clause BSD) See LICENSE

Created by MacLemon who can be reached on Twitter and on Github.


A working mt-daapd server running on port 13689 and ssh access to the network that server resides on. An installation via MacPorts2 is just fine. Working SSH account with non-interactive key authentication. There are tons of tutorials available on the interwebs on how to set this up correctly. Ability to tunnel ports with SSH. You do not need to be able to spawn a shell.


Setup a host configuration in your ~/.ssh/config like this Replace the hostname and identity key filename, etc. accordingly.

Host nickname must be Ongakuka (capital letter O).

host Ongakuka
    Compression yes
    IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_ongakuka

Other recommended options TCPKeepAlive no ServerAliveInterval 60 ServerAliveCountMax 10 VisualHostKey no

If needed also add these ssh opions or any others you need. User ongakuka Port 10022

Put ongakuka or an alias to it somewhere in your $PATH.

To establish your tunnel simply run ongakuka from a Shell. If you want to use a different ssh connection nickname than Ongakuka you can simply pass it as a parameter and that one will be used instead. Once the tunnel has been established you should see a shared Music source in iTunes named "Ongakuka". Use it like any other shared iTunes library. Expect your initial loading time to be longer than on the LAN. Enjoy your music. Once you're done, press any key to shut the tunnel down.

If we cannot find a binary to Bonjour announce the tunnel we exit 127.


You can not use this to connect to a shared iTunes instance. iTunes prevents routing of daap packets by setting their TTL to 1.


Thanks to these people who have contributed to Ongakuka

Juzam: Added compatibility with Cygwin