How to SSH to your Raspbmc from Windows

SSH into Raspbmc

You have installed Raspbmc on your Raspberry Pi, converting it into a cool little HTPC. (Here is how to do that.) The Pi is running Linux after all and it is connected to the home network. Now, you want to SSH into it to explore its internals. That is easy.

PuTTY can be used to SSH
  1. In your Raspbmc, navigate to System β†’ System info β†’ Summary. Take note of theΒ IP addressΒ (for example: that has been assigned to your Raspbmc.
  2. Ping your Raspbmc to make sure it is reachable from the computer you want to SSH from. For example: ping If the ping does not work, check the settings of your wireless router.
  3. Use PuTTY and SSH to your Raspbmc using its IP address and port 22.
  4. At the login prompt presented by your Raspbmc use the username pi and password raspberry.

Bingo! You are inside your Raspbmc now. Have fun playing around with it πŸ™‚

Tried with: Raspbmc RC3

12 thoughts on “How to SSH to your Raspbmc from Windows

  1. Cool. The only thing I’d recommend is changing the default password to something else. For internal use, you don’t REALLY need to change the password, but personally, I lean more towards the side of being paranoid πŸ˜‰


  2. I have a raspbmc running connected to a powered usb hard drive where my media sits.
    I’m currently downloading media to my laptop, unplugging the hard drive from the pi, connecting the hard drive to my laptop and then transferring the media onto the hard drive. Then connecting the hard drive to the pi again. I’m not happy with this set up so I was going to by a NAS.
    However, instead of this, can I just download the media to my laptop and then scp it from there up to the hard drive connected to the Pi. If I putty to the pi, surely I can navigate to /root/media/USB/ (or something like that) and then scp the media to there?
    Any thoughts? Thanks a lot.


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