SSHproxy installation documentation


SSHproxy installation documentation


Here is the list of prerequisite software to run sshproxy. The versions are the ones I develop with. It may work with earlier versions, but I can't guaranty anything.


Get SSHproxy

Untar the tarball in the directory of your choice:

tar zxvf sshproxy-0.2.tar.gz

Now enter in the sshproxy-0.2 directory.

Install the database

It is strongly recomended to use the wizard script installdb.

Run the script, and answer all the questions:


Run the server

Issue the following command:


This runs the sshproxy server which listens on the port 2242 (or the port you configured with the wizard).

Run the client

Issue the following command:

ssh -tp 2242 admin@localhost remote_site

You also have convenient wrappers for ssh and scp (pssh and pscp) in the ./misc/ folder.

You may change the user admin to reflect the one you put in the login table. At the password prompt, enter the password you put into the login table.

You're now connected.

Configuration files

If you ever need to change configuration, the files are placed in ~/.sshproxy:


Of course, '~' here represents the home directory of the user running the daemon.


If you experience locks when you try to connect to a remote site, change the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file on the remote site to read:

PasswordAuthentication yes

This is a known bug of SSHproxy, and will hopefully be fixed soon.

The sshproxy daemon is not verbose on the console, but it logs thru syslog (protocol udp on localhost, facility daemon), so you may check for errors in your /var/log/syslog or /var/log/message by the following command:

tail -f /var/log/{syslog,messages} | grep sshproxy

The log system will be enhanced in the next version. Of course you need to configure your syslog to accept udp from localhost. There is an example syslog-ng.conf file in ./misc/

David Guerizec <>