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SSH Kernel

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SSH Kernel

SSH Kernel is a Jupyter kernel specialized in executing commands remotely with paramiko SSH client.

Major requirements

  • Python3.5+
  • IPython 7.0+


pip install -U sshkernel
python -m sshkernel install [--user|--sys-prefix]
# Type `python -m sshkernel install --help` for more information.

To upgrade:

pip install --upgrade sshkernel

To uninstall:

jupyter kernelspec remove ssh
pip uninstall sshkernel

Getting Started

Basic examples of using SSH Kernel.


SSH Kernel obtains configuration data from ~/.ssh/config file to connect servers.

Possible keywords are as follows:

  • HostName
  • User
  • Port
  • IdentityFile
  • ForwardAgent

Notes about private keys

  • As private key files in ~/.ssh/ are discoverable, you do not necessarily specify IdentityFile
  • If you use a ed25519 key, please generate with or convert into old PEM format
    • e.g. ssh-keygen -m PEM -t ed25519 ...
    • This is because paramiko library doesn't support latest format "RFC4716"

Configuration examples


Host myserver
  User admin
  Port 2222
  IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_myserver
  ForwardAgent yes

Host *
  User ubuntu


Host another-server

Minimal example:


# If you specify a FQDN / IP address, same login user, and discoverable private key,
# no configuration needed

See also a tutorial above in detail.

Parameterized run

See examples/parameterized-notebook.


  • As Jupyter Notebook has limitation to handle stdin, you may need to change some server configuration and commands to avoid interactive input.
    • e.g. use publickey-authentication instead of password, enable NOPASSWD for sudo, use expect
  • Some shell variables are different from normal interactive shell
    • e.g. $?, $$


This software is released under the terms of the Modified BSD License.

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