ssh(3erl)                   Erlang Module Definition                   ssh(3erl)

       ssh - Main API of the ssh application

       This is the interface module for the SSH application. The Secure Shell
       (SSH) Protocol is a protocol for secure remote login and other secure
       network services over an insecure network. See ssh(7) for details of
       supported RFCs, versions, algorithms and unicode handling.

       With the SSH application it is possible to start clients  and to start
       daemons  (servers).

       Clients are started with connect/2, connect/3 or connect/4. They open an
       encrypted connection on top of TCP/IP. In that encrypted connection one
       or more channels could be opened with ssh_connection:session_channel/2,4.

       Each channel is an isolated "pipe" between a client-side process and a
       server-side process. Thoose process pairs could handle for example file
       transfers (sftp) or remote command execution (shell, exec and/or cli). If
       a custom shell is implemented, the user of the client could execute the
       special commands remotely. Note that the user is not necessarily a human
       but probably a system interfacing the SSH app.

       A server-side subssystem (channel) server is requested by the client with

       A server (daemon) is started with daemon/1, daemon/2 or daemon/3.
       Possible channel handlers (subsystems) are declared with the subsystem
       option when the daemon is started.

       To just run a shell on a remote machine, there are functions that bundles
       the needed three steps needed into one: shell/1,2,3. Similarily, to just
       open an sftp (file transfer) connection to a remote machine, the simplest
       way is to use ssh_sftp:start_channel/1,2,3.

       To write your own client channel handler, use the behaviour
       ssh_client_channel. For server channel handlers use ssh_server_channel
       behaviour (replaces ssh_daemon_channel).

       Both clients and daemons accepts options that controls the exact
       behaviour. Some options are common to both. The three sets are called
       Client Options, Daemon Options and Common Options.

       The descriptions of the options uses the Erlang Type Language with
       explaining text.

       The User's Guide has examples and a Getting Started section.

       A number of objects must be present for the SSH application to work.
       Thoose objects are per default stored in files. The default names, paths
       and file formats are the same as for OpenSSH. Keys could be generated
       with the ssh-keygen program from OpenSSH. See the User's Guide.

       The paths could easily be changed by options: user_dir and system_dir.

       A completly different storage could be interfaced by writing call-back
       modules using the behaviours ssh_client_key_api and/or
       ssh_server_key_api. A callback module is installed with the option key_cb
       to the client and/or the daemon.

       The keys are by default stored in files:

         * Mandatory: one or more Host key(s) , both private and public. Default
           is to store them in the directory /etc/ssh in the files

           * ssh_host_dsa_key and

           * ssh_host_rsa_key and

           * ssh_host_ecdsa_key and

           The host keys directory could be changed with the option system_dir.

         * Optional: one or more User's public key  in case of publickey
           authorization. Default is to store them concatenated in the file
           .ssh/authorized_keys in the user's home directory.

           The user keys directory could be changed with the option user_dir.

       The keys and some other data are by default stored in files in the
       directory .ssh in the user's home directory.

       The directory could be changed with the option user_dir.

         * Optional: a list of Host public key(s)  for previously connected
           hosts. This list is handled by the SSH application without any need
           of user assistance. The default is to store them in the file

           The host_accepting_client_options() are associated with this list of

         * Optional: one or more User's private key(s)  in case of publickey
           authorization. The default files are

           * id_dsa and

           * id_rsa and

           * id_ecdsa and

   Client Options
       client_options() = [client_option()]

       client_option() =
           ssh_file:pubkey_passphrase_client_options() |
           host_accepting_client_options() |
           authentication_client_options() |
           diffie_hellman_group_exchange_client_option() |
           connect_timeout_client_option() |
           recv_ext_info_client_option() |
           opaque_client_options() |
           gen_tcp:connect_option() |

              Options for clients. The individual options are further explained
              below or by following the hyperlinks.

       host_accepting_client_options() =
           {silently_accept_hosts, accept_hosts()} |
           {user_interaction, boolean()} |
           {save_accepted_host, boolean()} |
           {quiet_mode, boolean()}

       accept_hosts() =
           boolean() |
           accept_callback() |
           {HashAlgoSpec :: fp_digest_alg(), accept_callback()}

       fp_digest_alg() = md5 | crypto:sha1() | crypto:sha2()

       accept_callback() =
           fun((PeerName :: string(), fingerprint()) -> boolean())

       fingerprint() = string() | [string()]

                  This option guides the connect function on how to act when the
                  connected server presents a Host Key that the client has not
                  seen before. The default is to ask the user with a question on
                  stdio of whether to accept or reject the new Host Key. See the
                  option user_dir for specifying the path to the file
                  known_hosts where previously accepted Host Keys are recorded.
                  See also the option key_cb for the general way to handle keys.

                  The option can be given in three different forms as seen

                  * The value is a boolean(). The value true will make the
                    client accept any unknown Host Key without any user
                    interaction. The value false preserves the default behaviour
                    of asking the user on stdio.

                  * An accept_callback() will be called and the boolean return
                    value true will make the client accept the Host Key. A
                    return value of false will make the client to reject the
                    Host Key and as a result the connection will be closed. The
                    arguments to the fun are:

                    * PeerName - a string with the name or address of the remote

                    * FingerPrint - the fingerprint of the Host Key as
                      public_key:ssh_hostkey_fingerprint/1 calculates it.

                  * A tuple {HashAlgoSpec, accept_callback}. The HashAlgoSpec
                    specifies which hash algorithm shall be used to calculate
                    the fingerprint used in the call of the accept_callback().
                    The HashALgoSpec is either an atom or a list of atoms as the
                    first argument in public_key:ssh_hostkey_fingerprint/2. If
                    it is a list of hash algorithm names, the FingerPrint
                    argument in the accept_callback() will be a list of
                    fingerprints in the same order as the corresponding name in
                    the HashAlgoSpec list.

                  If false, disables the client to connect to the server if any
                  user interaction is needed, such as accepting the server to be
                  added to the known_hosts file, or supplying a password.

                  Even if user interaction is allowed it can be suppressed by
                  other options, such as silently_accept_hosts and password.
                  However, those options are not always desirable to use from a
                  security point of view.

                  Defaults to true.

                  If true, the client saves an accepted host key to avoid the
                  accept question the next time the same host is connected. If
                  the option key_cb is not present, the key is saved in the file
                  "known_hosts". See option user_dir for the location of that

                  If false, the key is not saved and the key will still be
                  unknown at the next access of the same host.

                  Defaults to true

                  If true, the client does not print anything on authorization.

                  Defaults to false

       authentication_client_options() =
           {user, string()} | {password, string()}

                  Provides the username. If this option is not given, ssh reads
                  from the environment (LOGNAME or USER on UNIX, USERNAME on

                  Provides a password for password authentication. If this
                  option is not given, the user is asked for a password, if the
                  password authentication method is attempted.

       diffie_hellman_group_exchange_client_option() =
            {Min :: integer() >= 1,
             I :: integer() >= 1,
             Max :: integer() >= 1}}

              Sets the three diffie-hellman-group-exchange parameters that
              guides the connected server in choosing a group. See RFC 4419 for
              the details. The default value is {1024, 6144, 8192}.

       connect_timeout_client_option() = {connect_timeout, timeout()}

              Sets a timeout on the transport layer connect time. For gen_tcp
              the time is in milli-seconds and the default value is infinity.

              See the parameter Timeout in connect/4 for a timeout of the
              negotiation phase.

       recv_ext_info_client_option() = {recv_ext_info, boolean()}

              Make the client tell the server that the client accepts extension
              negotiation, that is, include ext-info-c in the kexinit message
              sent. See RFC 8308 for details and ssh(7) for a list of currently
              implemented extensions.

              Default value is true which is compatible with other
              implementations not supporting ext-info.

   Daemon Options (Server Options)
       daemon_options() = [daemon_option()]

       daemon_option() =
           subsystem_daemon_option() |
           shell_daemon_option() |
           exec_daemon_option() |
           ssh_cli_daemon_option() |
           authentication_daemon_options() |
           diffie_hellman_group_exchange_daemon_option() |
           negotiation_timeout_daemon_option() |
           hardening_daemon_options() |
           callbacks_daemon_options() |
           send_ext_info_daemon_option() |
           opaque_daemon_options() |
           gen_tcp:listen_option() |

              Options for daemons. The individual options are further explained
              below or by following the hyperlinks.

       subsystem_daemon_option() = {subsystems, subsystem_spec()}

       subsystem_spec() = {Name :: string(), mod_args()}

              Defines a subsystem in the daemon.

              The subsystem_name is the name that a client requests to start
              with for example ssh_connection:subsystem/4.

              The channel_callback is the module that implements the
              ssh_server_channel (replaces ssh_daemon_channel) behaviour in the
              daemon. See the section Creating a Subsystem in the User's Guide
              for more information and an example.

              If the subsystems option is not present, the value of
              ssh_sftpd:subsystem_spec([]) is used. This enables the sftp
              subsystem by default. The option can be set to the empty list if
              you do not want the daemon to run any subsystems.

       shell_daemon_option() =
           {shell, mod_fun_args() | 'shell_fun/1'() | 'shell_fun/2'()}

       'shell_fun/1'() = fun((User :: string()) -> pid())

       'shell_fun/2'() =
           fun((User :: string(), PeerAddr :: inet:ip_address()) -> pid())

              Defines the read-eval-print loop used in a daemon when a shell is
              requested by the client. The default is to use the Erlang shell:
              {shell, start, []}

              See the option exec for a description of how the daemon execute
              exec-requests depending on the shell- and exec-options.

       exec_daemon_option() = {exec, exec_spec()}

       exec_spec() = {direct, exec_fun()}

       exec_fun() = 'exec_fun/1'() | 'exec_fun/2'() | 'exec_fun/3'()

       'exec_fun/1'() = fun((Cmd :: string()) -> exec_result())

       'exec_fun/2'() =
           fun((Cmd :: string(), User :: string()) -> exec_result())

       'exec_fun/3'() =
           fun((Cmd :: string(),
                User :: string(),
                ClientAddr :: ip_port()) ->

       exec_result() =
           {ok, Result :: term()} | {error, Reason :: term()}

              This option changes how the daemon execute exec-requests from
              clients. The term in the return value is formatted to a string if
              it is a non-string type. No trailing newline is added in the ok-
              case but in the error case.

              Error texts are returned on channel-type 1 which usually is piped
              to stderr on e.g Linux systems. Texts from a successful execution
              will in similar manner be piped to stdout. The exit-status code is
              set to 0 for success and -1 for errors. The exact results
              presented on the client side depends on the client and the
              client's operating system.

              The option cooperates with the daemon-option shell in the
              following way:

                1. If the exec-option is present (the shell-option may or may
                not be present)::
                  The exec-option fun is called with the same number of
                  parameters as the arity of the fun, and the result is returned
                  to the client.

                2. If the exec-option is absent, but a shell-option is present
                with the default Erlang shell::
                  The default Erlang evaluator is used and the result is
                  returned to the client.

                3. If the exec-option is absent, but a shell-option is present
                that is not the default Erlang shell::
                  The exec-request is not evaluated and an error message is
                  returned to the client.

                4. If neither the exec-option nor the shell-option is present::
                  The default Erlang evaluator is used and the result is
                  returned to the client.

              If a custom CLI is installed (see the option ssh_cli) the rules
              above are replaced by thoose implied by the custom CLI.

              The exec-option has existed for a long time but has not previously
              been documented. The old definition and behaviour are retained but
              obey the rules 1-4 above if conflicting. The old and undocumented
              style should not be used in new programs.

       ssh_cli_daemon_option() = {ssh_cli, mod_args() | no_cli}

              Provides your own CLI implementation in a daemon.

              It is a channel callback module that implements a shell and
              command execution. The shell's read-eval-print loop can be
              customized, using the option shell. This means less work than
              implementing an own CLI channel. If ssh_cli is set to no_cli, the
              CLI channels like shell and exec are disabled and only subsystem
              channels are allowed.

       authentication_daemon_options() =
           ssh_file:system_dir_daemon_option() |
           {auth_method_kb_interactive_data, prompt_texts()} |
           {user_passwords, [{UserName :: string(), Pwd :: string()}]} |
           {password, string()} |
           {pwdfun, pwdfun_2() | pwdfun_4()}

       prompt_texts() = kb_int_tuple() | kb_int_fun_3()

       kb_int_tuple() =
           {Name :: string(),
            Instruction :: string(),
            Prompt :: string(),
            Echo :: boolean()}

       kb_int_fun_3() =
           fun((Peer :: ip_port(), User :: string(), Service :: string()) ->

       pwdfun_2() =
           fun((User :: string(), Password :: string()) -> boolean())

       pwdfun_4() =
           fun((User :: string(),
                Password :: string(),
                PeerAddress :: ip_port(),
                State :: any()) ->
                   boolean() |
                   disconnect |
                   {boolean(), NewState :: any()})

                  Sets the text strings that the daemon sends to the client for
                  presentation to the user when using keyboard-interactive

                  If the fun/3 is used, it is called when the actual
                  authentication occurs and may therefore return dynamic data
                  like time, remote ip etc.

                  The parameter Echo guides the client about need to hide the

                  The default value is: {auth_method_kb_interactive_data, {"SSH
                  server", "Enter password for \""++User++"\"", "password: ",

                  Provides passwords for password authentication. The passwords
                  are used when someone tries to connect to the server and
                  public key user-authentication fails. The option provides a
                  list of valid usernames and the corresponding passwords.

                  Provides a global password that authenticates any user.

                Intended to facilitate testing.

                From a security perspective this option makes the server very

                pwdfun with pwdfun_4():
                  Provides a function for password validation. This could used
                  for calling an external system or handeling passwords stored
                  as hash values.

                  This fun can also be used to make delays in authentication
                  tries for example by calling timer:sleep/1.

                  To facilitate for instance counting of failed tries, the State
                  variable could be used. This state is per connection only. The
                  first time the pwdfun is called for a connection, the State
                  variable has the value undefined.

                  The fun should return:

                  * true if the user and password is valid

                  * false if the user or password is invalid

                  * disconnect if a SSH_MSG_DISCONNECT message should be sent
                    immediately. It will be followed by a close of the
                    underlying tcp connection.

                  * {true, NewState:any()} if the user and password is valid

                  * {false, NewState:any()} if the user or password is invalid

                  A third usage is to block login attempts from a missbehaving
                  peer. The State described above can be used for this. The
                  return value disconnect is useful for this.

                pwdfun with pwdfun_2():
                  Provides a function for password validation. This function is
                  called with user and password as strings, and returns:

                  * true if the user and password is valid

                  * false if the user or password is invalid

                  This variant is kept for compatibility.

       diffie_hellman_group_exchange_daemon_option() =
            [explicit_group()] |
            explicit_group_file() |
            ssh_moduli_file()} |
           {dh_gex_limits, {Min :: integer() >= 1, Max :: integer() >= 1}}

       explicit_group() =
           {Size :: integer() >= 1,
            G :: integer() >= 1,
            P :: integer() >= 1}

       explicit_group_file() = {file, string()}

       ssh_moduli_file() = {ssh_moduli_file, string()}

                  Defines the groups the server may choose among when diffie-
                  hellman-group-exchange is negotiated. See RFC 4419 for
                  details. The three variants of this option are:

                    The groups are given explicitly in this list. There may be
                    several elements with the same Size. In such a case, the
                    server will choose one randomly in the negotiated Size.

                    The file must have one or more three-tuples
                    {Size=integer(),G=integer(),P=integer()} terminated by a
                    dot. The file is read when the daemon starts.

                    The file must be in ssh-keygen moduli file format. The file
                    is read when the daemon starts.

                  The default list is fetched from the public_key application.

                  Limits what a client can ask for in diffie-hellman-group-
                  exchange. The limits will be {MaxUsed = min(MaxClient,Max),
                  MinUsed = max(MinClient,Min)} where MaxClient and MinClient
                  are the values proposed by a connecting client.

                  The default value is {0,infinity}.

                  If MaxUsed < MinUsed in a key exchange, it will fail with a

                  See RFC 4419 for the function of the Max and Min values.

       negotiation_timeout_daemon_option() =
           {negotiation_timeout, timeout()}

              Maximum time in milliseconds for the authentication negotiation.
              Defaults to 120000 ms (2 minutes). If the client fails to log in
              within this time, the connection is closed.

       hardening_daemon_options() =
           {max_sessions, integer() >= 1} |
           {max_channels, integer() >= 1} |
           {parallel_login, boolean()} |
           {minimal_remote_max_packet_size, integer() >= 1}

                  The maximum number of simultaneous sessions that are accepted
                  at any time for this daemon. This includes sessions that are
                  being authorized. Thus, if set to N, and N clients have
                  connected but not started the login process, connection
                  attempt N+1 is aborted. If N connections are authenticated and
                  still logged in, no more logins are accepted until one of the
                  existing ones log out.

                  The counter is per listening port. Thus, if two daemons are
                  started, one with {max_sessions,N} and the other with
                  {max_sessions,M}, in total N+M connections are accepted for
                  the whole ssh application.

                  Notice that if parallel_login is false, only one client at a
                  time can be in the authentication phase.

                  By default, this option is not set. This means that the number
                  is not limited.

                  The maximum number of channels with active remote subsystem
                  that are accepted for each connection to this daemon

                  By default, this option is not set. This means that the number
                  is not limited.

                  If set to false (the default value), only one login is handled
                  at a time. If set to true, an unlimited number of login
                  attempts are allowed simultaneously.

                  If the max_sessions option is set to N and parallel_login is
                  set to true, the maximum number of simultaneous login attempts
                  at any time is limited to N-K, where K is the number of
                  authenticated connections present at this daemon.

                Do not enable parallel_logins without protecting the server by
                other means, for example, by the max_sessions option or a
                firewall configuration. If set to true, there is no protection
                against DOS attacks.

                  The least maximum packet size that the daemon will accept in
                  channel open requests from the client. The default value is 0.

       callbacks_daemon_options() =
            fun((User :: string(),
                 PeerAddress :: inet:ip_address(),
                 Reason :: term()) ->
                    term())} |
            fun((User :: string(),
                 PeerAddress :: inet:ip_address(),
                 Method :: string()) ->

                  Provides a fun to implement your own logging when a user
                  authenticates to the server.

                  Provides a fun to implement your own logging when a user fails
                  to authenticate.

       send_ext_info_daemon_option() = {send_ext_info, boolean()}

              Make the server (daemon) tell the client that the server accepts
              extension negotiation, that is, include ext-info-s in the kexinit
              message sent. See RFC 8308 for details and ssh(7) for a list of
              currently implemented extensions.

              Default value is true which is compatible with other
              implementations not supporting ext-info.

   Options common to clients and daemons
       common_options() = [common_option()]

       common_option() =
           ssh_file:user_dir_common_option() |
           profile_common_option() |
           max_idle_time_common_option() |
           key_cb_common_option() |
           disconnectfun_common_option() |
           unexpectedfun_common_option() |
           ssh_msg_debug_fun_common_option() |
           rekey_limit_common_option() |
           id_string_common_option() |
           pref_public_key_algs_common_option() |
           preferred_algorithms_common_option() |
           modify_algorithms_common_option() |
           auth_methods_common_option() |
           inet_common_option() |

              The options above can be used both in clients and in daemons
              (servers). They are further explained below.

       profile_common_option() = {profile, atom()}

              Used together with ip-address and port to uniquely identify a ssh
              daemon. This can be useful in a virtualized environment, where
              there can be more that one server that has the same ip-address and
              port. If this property is not explicitly set, it is assumed that
              the the ip-address and port uniquely identifies the SSH daemon.

       max_idle_time_common_option() = {idle_time, timeout()}

              Sets a time-out on a connection when no channels are active.
              Defaults to infinity.

       rekey_limit_common_option() =
            Bytes ::
                limit_bytes() |
                {Minutes :: limit_time(), Bytes :: limit_bytes()}}

       limit_bytes() = integer() >= 0 | infinity

       limit_time() = integer() >= 1 | infinity

              Sets the limit when rekeying is to be initiated. Both the max time
              and max amount of data could be configured:

                * {Minutes, Bytes} initiate rekeying when any of the limits are

                * Bytes initiate rekeying when Bytes number of bytes are
                  transferred, or at latest after one hour.

              When a rekeying is done, both the timer and the byte counter are
              restarted. Defaults to one hour and one GByte.

              If Minutes is set to infinity, no rekeying will ever occur due to
              that max time has passed. Setting Bytes to infinity will inhibit
              rekeying after a certain amount of data has been transferred. If
              the option value is set to {infinity, infinity}, no rekeying will
              be initiated. Note that rekeying initiated by the peer will still
              be performed.

       key_cb_common_option() =
            Module :: atom() | {Module :: atom(), Opts :: [term()]}}

              Module implementing the behaviour ssh_client_key_api and/or
              ssh_server_key_api. Can be used to customize the handling of
              public keys. If callback options are provided along with the
              module name, they are made available to the callback module via
              the options passed to it under the key 'key_cb_private'.

              The Opts defaults to [] when only the Module is specified.

              The default value of this option is {ssh_file, []}. See also the
              manpage of ssh_file.

              A call to the call-back function F will be

                     Module:F(..., [{key_cb_private,Opts}|UserOptions])

              where ... are arguments to F as in ssh_client_key_api and/or
              ssh_server_key_api. The UserOptions are the options given to
              ssh:connect, ssh:shell or ssh:daemon.

       pref_public_key_algs_common_option() =
           {pref_public_key_algs, [pubkey_alg()]}

              List of user (client) public key algorithms to try to use.

              The default value is the public_key entry in the list returned by

              If there is no public key of a specified type available, the
              corresponding entry is ignored. Note that the available set is
              dependent on the underlying cryptolib and current user's public

              See also the option user_dir for specifying the path to the user's

       disconnectfun_common_option() =
           {disconnectfun, fun((Reason :: term()) -> void | any())}

              Provides a fun to implement your own logging when the peer

       unexpectedfun_common_option() =
            fun((Message :: term(), {Host :: term(), Port :: term()}) ->
                    report | skip)}

              Provides a fun to implement your own logging or other action when
              an unexpected message arrives. If the fun returns report the usual
              info report is issued but if skip is returned no report is

       ssh_msg_debug_fun_common_option() =
                 AlwaysDisplay :: boolean(),
                 Msg :: binary(),
                 LanguageTag :: binary()) ->

              Provide a fun to implement your own logging of the SSH message
              SSH_MSG_DEBUG. The last three parameters are from the message, see
              RFC 4253, section 11.3. The connection_ref() is the reference to
              the connection on which the message arrived. The return value from
              the fun is not checked.

              The default behaviour is ignore the message. To get a printout for
              each message with AlwaysDisplay = true, use for example
              {ssh_msg_debug_fun, fun(_,true,M,_)-> io:format("DEBUG: ~p~n",
              [M]) end}

       id_string_common_option() =
            string() |
            random |
            {random, Nmin :: integer() >= 1, Nmax :: integer() >= 1}}

              The string the daemon will present to a connecting peer initially.
              The default value is "Erlang/VSN" where VSN is the ssh application
              version number.

              The value random will cause a random string to be created at each
              connection attempt. This is to make it a bit more difficult for a
              malicious peer to find the ssh software brand and version.

              The value {random, Nmin, Nmax} will make a random string with at
              least Nmin characters and at most Nmax characters.

       preferred_algorithms_common_option() =
           {preferred_algorithms, algs_list()}

       algs_list() = [alg_entry()]

       alg_entry() =
           {kex, [kex_alg()]} |
           {public_key, [pubkey_alg()]} |
           {cipher, double_algs(cipher_alg())} |
           {mac, double_algs(mac_alg())} |
           {compression, double_algs(compression_alg())}

       kex_alg() =
           'diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha1' |
           'diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha256' |
           'diffie-hellman-group1-sha1' |
           'diffie-hellman-group14-sha1' |
           'diffie-hellman-group14-sha256' |
           'diffie-hellman-group16-sha512' |
           'diffie-hellman-group18-sha512' |
           'curve25519-sha256' |
           '' |
           'curve448-sha512' |
           'ecdh-sha2-nistp256' |
           'ecdh-sha2-nistp384' |

       pubkey_alg() =
           'ecdsa-sha2-nistp256' |
           'ecdsa-sha2-nistp384' |
           'ecdsa-sha2-nistp521' |
           'ssh-ed25519' |
           'ssh-ed448' |
           'rsa-sha2-256' |
           'rsa-sha2-512' |
           'ssh-dss' |

       cipher_alg() =
           '3des-cbc' |
           'AEAD_AES_128_GCM' |
           'AEAD_AES_256_GCM' |
           'aes128-cbc' |
           'aes128-ctr' |
           '' |
           'aes192-ctr' |
           'aes256-ctr' |
           '' |

       mac_alg() =
           'AEAD_AES_128_GCM' |
           'AEAD_AES_256_GCM' |
           'hmac-sha1' |
           'hmac-sha2-256' |

       compression_alg() = none | zlib | ''

       double_algs(AlgType) =
           [{client2server, [AlgType]} | {server2client, [AlgType]}] |

              List of algorithms to use in the algorithm negotiation. The
              default algs_list() can be obtained from default_algorithms/0.

              If an alg_entry() is missing in the algs_list(), the default value
              is used for that entry.

              Here is an example of this option:


              The example specifies different algorithms in the two directions
              (client2server and server2client), for cipher but specifies the
              same algorithms for mac and compression in both directions. The
              kex (key exchange) is implicit but public_key is set explicitly.

              For background and more examples see the User's Guide.

              If an algorithm name occurs more than once in a list, the
              behaviour is undefined. The tags in the property lists are also
              assumed to occur at most one time.

              Changing the values can make a connection less secure. Do not
              change unless you know exactly what you are doing. If you do not
              understand the values then you are not supposed to change them.

       modify_algorithms_common_option() =
           {modify_algorithms, modify_algs_list()}

       modify_algs_list() =
           [{append, algs_list()} |
            {prepend, algs_list()} |
            {rm, algs_list()}]

              Modifies the list of algorithms to use in the algorithm
              negotiation. The modifications are applied after the option
              preferred_algorithms (if existing) is applied.

              The algoritm for modifications works like this:

                * Input is the modify_algs_list() and a set of algorithms A
                  obtained from the preferred_algorithms option if existing, or
                  else from the ssh:default_algorithms/0.

                * The head of the modify_algs_list() modifies A giving the
                  result A'.

                  The possible modifications are:

                  * Append or prepend supported but not enabled algorithm(s) to
                    the list of algorithms. If the wanted algorithms already are
                    in A they will first be removed and then appended or

                  * Remove (rm) one or more algorithms from A.

                * Repeat the modification step with the tail of
                  modify_algs_list() and the resulting A'.

              If an unsupported algorithm is in the modify_algs_list(), it will
              be silently ignored

              If there are more than one modify_algorithms options, the result
              is undefined.

              Here is an example of this option:

                     [{prepend, [{kex, ['diffie-hellman-group1-sha1']}],
                     {rm,      [{compression, [none]}]}

              The example specifies that:

                * the old key exchange algorithm 'diffie-hellman-group1-sha1'
                  should be the main alternative. It will be the main
                  alternative since it is prepened to the list

                * The compression algorithm none (= no compression) is removed
                  so compression is enforced

              For background and more examples see the User's Guide.

       inet_common_option() = {inet, inet | inet6}

              IP version to use when the host address is specified as any.

       auth_methods_common_option() = {auth_methods, string()}

              Comma-separated string that determines which authentication
              methods that the client shall support and in which order they are
              tried. Defaults to "publickey,keyboard-interactive,password"

              Note that the client is free to use any order and to exclude

       fd_common_option() = {fd, gen_tcp:socket()}

              Allows an existing file-descriptor to be used (passed on to the
              transport protocol).

   Other data types
       host() = string() | inet:ip_address() | loopback

       ip_port() = {inet:ip_address(), inet:port_number()}

       mod_args() = {Module :: atom(), Args :: list()}

       mod_fun_args() =
           {Module :: atom(), Function :: atom(), Args :: list()}

       open_socket() = gen_tcp:socket()

              The socket is supposed to be result of a gen_tcp:connect or a
              gen_tcp:accept. The socket must be in passive mode (that is,
              opened with the option {active,false}).


              Opaque data type representing a daemon.

              Returned by the functions daemon/1,2,3.


              Opaque data type representing a connection between a client and a
              server (daemon).

              Returned by the functions connect/2,3,4 and


              Opaque data type representing a channel inside a connection.

              Returned by the functions ssh_connection:session_channel/2,4.




              Opaque types that define experimental options that are not to be
              used in products.

       close(ConnectionRef) -> ok | {error, term()}


                 ConnectionRef = connection_ref()

              Closes an SSH connection.

       connect(Host, Port, Options) -> Result
       connect(Host, Port, Options, NegotiationTimeout) -> Result
       connect(TcpSocket, Options) -> Result
       connect(TcpSocket, Options, NegotiationTimeout) -> Result


                 Host = host()
                 Port = inet:port_number()
                 Options = client_options()
                 TcpSocket = open_socket()
                 NegotiationTimeout = timeout()
                 Result = {ok, connection_ref()} | {error, term()}

              Connects to an SSH server at the Host on Port.

              As an alternative, an already open TCP socket could be passed to
              the function in TcpSocket. The SSH initiation and negotiation will
              be initiated on that one with the SSH that should be at the other

              No channel is started. This is done by calling
              ssh_connection:session_channel/[2, 4].

              The NegotiationTimeout is in milli-seconds. The default value is
              infinity. For connection timeout, use the option connect_timeout.

       connection_info(ConnectionRef, Keys) -> ConnectionInfo


                 ConnectionRef = connection_ref()
                 Keys =
                     [client_version | server_version | user | peer | sockname]
                 ConnectionInfo =
                     [{client_version, Version} |
                      {server_version, Version} |
                      {user, string()} |
                      {peer, {inet:hostname(), ip_port()}} |
                      {sockname, ip_port()}]
                 Version = {ProtocolVersion, VersionString :: string()}
                 ProtocolVersion =
                     {Major :: integer() >= 1, Minor :: integer() >= 0}

              Retrieves information about a connection. The list Keys defines
              which information that is returned.

       daemon(Port | TcpSocket) -> Result
       daemon(Port | TcpSocket, Options) -> Result
       daemon(HostAddress, Port, Options) -> Result


                 Port = integer()
                 TcpSocket = open_socket()
                 Options = daemon_options()
                 HostAddress = host() | any
                 Result = {ok, daemon_ref()} | {error, atom()}

              Starts a server listening for SSH connections on the given port.
              If the Port is 0, a random free port is selected. See
              daemon_info/1 about how to find the selected port number.

              As an alternative, an already open TCP socket could be passed to
              the function in TcpSocket. The SSH initiation and negotiation will
              be initiated on that one when an SSH starts at the other end of
              the TCP socket.

              For a description of the options, see Daemon Options.

              Please note that by historical reasons both the HostAddress
              argument and the gen_tcp connect_option() {ip,Address} set the
              listening address. This is a source of possible inconsistent

              The rules for handling the two address passing options are:

                * if HostAddress is an IP-address, that IP-address is the
                  listening address. An 'ip'-option will be discarded if

                * if HostAddress is the atom loopback, the listening address is
                  loopback and an loopback address will be choosen by the
                  underlying layers. An 'ip'-option will be discarded if

                * if HostAddress is the atom any and no 'ip'-option is present,
                  the listening address is any and the socket will listen to all

                * if HostAddress is any and an 'ip'-option is present, the
                  listening address is set to the value of the 'ip'-option

       daemon_info(Daemon) -> {ok, DaemonInfo} | {error, term()}


                 Daemon = daemon_ref()
                 DaemonInfo =
                     [{ip, inet:ip_address()} |
                      {port, inet:port_number()} |
                      {profile, term()}]

              Returns a key-value list with information about the daemon.

       default_algorithms() -> algs_list()

              Returns a key-value list, where the keys are the different types
              of algorithms and the values are the algorithms themselves.

              See the User's Guide for an example.

       shell(Host | TcpSocket) -> Result
       shell(Host | TcpSocket, Options) -> Result
       shell(Host, Port, Options) -> Result


                 Host = host()
                 TcpSocket = open_socket()
                 Port = inet:port_number()
                 Options = client_options()
                 Result = ok | {error, Reason::term()}

              Connects to an SSH server at Host and Port (defaults to 22) and
              starts an interactive shell on that remote host.

              As an alternative, an already open TCP socket could be passed to
              the function in TcpSocket. The SSH initiation and negotiation will
              be initiated on that one and finaly a shell will be started on the
              host at the other end of the TCP socket.

              For a description of the options, see Client Options.

              The function waits for user input, and does not return until the
              remote shell is ended (that is, exit from the shell).

       start() -> ok | {error, term()}

       start(Type) -> ok | {error, term()}


                 Type = permanent | transient | temporary

              Utility function that starts the applications crypto, public_key,
              and ssh. Default type is temporary. For more information, see the
              application(3erl) manual page in Kernel.

       stop() -> ok | {error, term()}

              Stops the ssh application. For more information, see the
              application(3erl) manual page in Kernel.

       stop_daemon(DaemonRef :: daemon_ref()) -> ok

       stop_daemon(Address :: inet:ip_address(),
                   Port :: inet:port_number()) ->

       stop_daemon(Address :: any | inet:ip_address(),
                   Port :: inet:port_number(),
                   Profile :: atom()) ->

              Stops the listener and all connections started by the listener.

       stop_listener(SysSup :: daemon_ref()) -> ok

       stop_listener(Address :: inet:ip_address(),
                     Port :: inet:port_number()) ->

       stop_listener(Address :: any | inet:ip_address(),
                     Port :: inet:port_number(),
                     Profile :: term()) ->

              Stops the listener, but leaves existing connections started by the
              listener operational.

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