First you should generate an SSH key pair on your Mac OS.
Then you need to load your private SSH key using the following command:
user@localhost: ssh-add id_dsa
Enter passphrase for id_dsa:
Identity added: id_dsa (id_dsa)
The passphrase is the same as the one you have set during the generation of the SSH key.
Then you should initiate an SSH connection:
user@localhost: ssh USER@HOST_NAME -pPORT
- USER - the user for which you want to establish the SSH connection.
- HOST_NAME (or IP address) - here you should enter the host/IP of the server to which you wish to connect;
- PORT - the port for the connection - here you should enter 22 (unless you have changed the port, which is advisable);
Press "Enter" and if everything has been set up properly, you will establish an SSH connection to your server.