With recent releases of Raspbian (Jessie+) the SSH is disabled by default. The Raspberry Pi foundation has done this to improve security on the many Raspberry Pi’s out there. Leaving SSH enabled by default allows hackers to target your Raspberry Pi and gain access to you system and network if your Raspberry Pi is being run as a web server or connected to the internet. Enabling SSH will allow you to remotely connect to your Raspberry Pi. You will not see the full desktop, only a command line. Using SSH to remotely connect to your Raspberry Pi will allow you to perform updates or install software from another computer on your network.
To enable SSH on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian
You will need the following:
I will assume you are running Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi. Since we will be running a headless Raspberry Pi, which means no monitor will be connected, we will need to edit the /boot/ folder of our Raspberry Pi SD card. After you burn the Raspberry Pi image onto your SD card open the /boot/ folder on the image and create a file called ssh. You do not need to edit the file or add any content to the file. As long as the ssh file is in the /boot/ partition of the Raspberry Pi you are good to go. Continue Reading