How To Connect To SSH Tunnel With SSH Tunnel Manager

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On Mac OS X, you can connect to SSH tunnel with the Terminal application directly, as mentioned before.

In this way, you don't need to install any third-party apps, but you need to enter a long command line every time, which will be more complicated when you are going to switch SSH tunnels from one to another.

Instead, you can install the "SSH Tunnel Manager" application, which is free for you to connect and manage your SSH tunnel.

After installation and launch, you can click its icon in Dock, click on the "Configuration" button, and click on the "+" icon to add your SSH account by entering the following 4 elements:

  • Name: SSH tunnel name, which can be anything you like, such as "alidage";
  • Login: Username, such as "guest";
  • Hosts: Server address, such as "s4.alidage.org";
  • Port: such as "22" as default.

The above example values are all from my Alidage.org account, you will need to change them according to your own SSH tunnel account.

After that, click the "Options" button, select the "Enable SOCKS4 proxy" option, and set the port as "7070", as what you can see from the following screenshot:

SSH Tunnel Manager

Then, you can double-click your SSH tunnel name to connect it by entering the password.

When the connection is successful, you can open your browser and set the SOCKS Proxy Sever IP address to 127.0.0.1 with port 7070, same as what you need to do when connecting to SSH Tunnel with Terminal or any other apps.

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