How To SSH Into RetroPie On MacOS

Sometimes connecting to your RetroPie setup using SSH is useful. From the command line you are able to do lots of things like check the free space of your SD card. You are also able to edit files and check your CPU usage and temperature.

Connecting to RetroPie using SSH is very straight forward on MacOS. All you need to do is open a terminal window and type the command below.


Last login: Sun Jan 22 18:29:01 on console
NostalgiaTechs:~ Station$ ssh pi@retropie.local

Once connected you just need to enter the default password “raspberry” to gain access to the RetroPie shell.


pi@retropie.local's password: 

SSH is enabled and the default password for the 'pi' user has not been changed.
This is a security risk - please login as the 'pi' user and type 'passwd' to set a new password.

     .***.     Wednesday, 25 January 2017,  1:33:37 am UTC
     *****     Linux 4.4.38-v7+ armv7l GNU/Linux
     `***'     
      |*|      Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
      |*|      /dev/root        29G   23G  5.5G  81% /
    ..|*|..    Uptime.............: 0 days, 00h55m16s
  .*** * ***.  Memory.............: 43100kB (Free) / 752852kB (Total)
  *******@@**  Running Processes..: 132
  `*****@@**'  IP Address.........: 10.0.0.83
   `*******'   Temperature........: CPU: 54°C/129°F GPU: 55°C/131°F
     `"""'     The RetroPie Project, https://retropie.org.uk

pi@retropie:~ $ 

You are now successfully connected to your RetroPie system using SSH. We hope this helps and would love to hear from you in the comments below. If you have reflashed your SD card or are getting connection errors check out our tutorial here on Fixing Retropie SSH connection problems. You can also find our guide on how to Enable SSH in Retropie.