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Installs openssh.



  • Debian/Ubuntu
  • RHEL/CentOS/Scientific
  • Fedora
  • ArchLinux



Selects the packages to install by package name and manages the sshd service.


Ensure that the openssh packages are installed and the service is managed with recipe[openssh].

Attributes List

The attributes list is dynamically generated, and lines up with the default openssh configs.

This means anything located in sshd_config or ssh_config can be used in your node attributes.

  • If the option can be entered more then once, use an Array, otherwise, use a String.
  • Each attribute is stored as ruby case, and converted to camel case for the config file on the fly.
  • The current default attributes match the stock ssh_config and sshd_config provided by openssh.
  • The namespace for sshd_config is node[:openssh][:server].
  • Likewise, the namespace for ssh_config is node[:openssh][:client].
  • An attribute can be an Array or a String.
  • If it is an Array, each item in the array will get it's own line in the config file.
  • All the values in openssh are commented out in the attributes/default.rb file for a base starting point.

Examples and Common usage

These can be mixed and matched in roles and attributes. Please note, it is possible to get sshd into a state that it will not run. If this is the case, you will need to login via an alternate method and debug sshd like normal.

No Password logins.

This requires use of identity files to connect

"openssh": {
    "server": {
        "password_authentication": "no"

Enable X Forwarding

"openssh": {
        "server": {
                "x11_forwarding": "yes"

Bind to a specific set of address (this example actually binds to all.)

"openssh": {
        "server": {
        "address_family": "any",
        "listen_address": [ "", "::" ]

License and Author

Author:: Adam Jacob

Copyright:: 2008-2009, Opscode, Inc

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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