Using the Linode Shell (Lish)
Updated by Phil Zona
The Linode Shell (Lish) provides console access to all of your Linodes. It also allows you to perform actions like rebooting a Linode or switching to a different configuration profile without having to open the Linode Manager. Lish is also a good rescue tool. The console provides out-of-band access to your Linode, which means you can use Lish to access your Linode even when you are unable to connect directly via SSH. This is useful if firewall settings or a bad network configuration prevent you from accessing your Linode using SSH. Lish can also be useful if you need to access your secure server on a local computer whose public key has not been added to the allowed list.
Connect to Lish
There are two ways to access Lish. You can use a terminal application to connect to a Lish SSH gateway, or you can log in to the Linode Manager and use the Ajax console in your web browser. This section explains both methods.
Lish used to be accessible via a direct SSH connection to your Linode’s host machine, but as of May 10, 2013, all users must connect to a Lish SSH gateway to access Lish. For more information, please see this blog post.
Use a Terminal Application
You can connect to Lish with the SSH client of your choice. For example, you can use the Terminal application in Mac OS X, PuTTY in Windows, or your favorite X11 terminal emulator.
- Select a Lish SSH gateway. There’s one in every data center. You can use any gateway to access your Linodes, but we recommend using one close to your Linode’s data center. The gateway boxes are available over IPv4 and IPv6.
Open a terminal window and enter the following command, replacing
usernamewith your Linode Manager username, and
locationwith your preferred Lish SSH gateway. Lish listens for connections on ports 22, 443, and 2200.
For example, logging in as
uservia the Newark gateway would look like:
Users who have been granted “Access” rights on a particular Linode will have access to that Linode’s Lish console via the gateway. Linodes that a user can’t access in the Linode Manager won’t show up in the Lish list. For more information about creating user accounts and configuring permissions, see Accounts and Passwords.
- Verify that the Lish SSH gateway’s fingerprint is valid. Click here for more information.
Enter the password you use to log in to the Linode Manager. You are now at the Lish shell. A list of your Linodes appears, as shown below:
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Linodes located in this data center: linode241706 Newark, NJ linode276072 Newark, NJ Linodes located in other data centers: linode287497 Dallas, TX
You can add a public SSH key for Lish in the Linode Manager to automatically connect to Lish without a password. See this section for more information.
- At the Lish command prompt, type a Linode’s name from the list. For example, typing
linode241706will connect you to the screen console session for that Linode.
- Log in to the Linode with your username and password.
After you log in, you’ll have console access to your Linode. You’ll be able to restart services like
sshd, edit firewall settings, and make other changes to your Linode. To exit your Linode’s console, press CTRL+A then D to return to the host machine, and then press CTRL+D to return to the Lish menu. If you’d like to see the list of your Linodes again, type
list from the gateway.
Use a Web Browser
You can also connect to Lish using a web browser. This is useful when you don’t have access to a terminal application, or if you just need quick and easy console access from the Linode Manager.
- Log in to the Linode Manager.
- Select a Linode.
- Click on the Remote Access tab.
In the Console Access section, click Launch Lish Ajax Console, as shown below.
The Lish Web Console window appears with your Linode’s console, as shown below.
- From here, you can log in to your Linode with your root username and password, or any other username and password.
Now you can use the console, or exit to the Lish prompt by pressing CTRL+A then D. You cannot exit to a Lish gateway box using your web browser. To exit the session entirely, just close the Lish Web Console window.
Add Your Public Key
If you don’t want to enter your password every time you connect to Lish, you can add your public SSH key to the Linode Manager. If you haven’t yet created SSH keys, please see our Public Key Authentication with SSH guide for more information.
- Log in to the Linode Manager.
- Select the my profile link.
Enter your password, and then click Authenticate, as shown below.
- Select the Lish Settings tab.
Copy your public SSH key into the Lish Keys field, as shown below.
- Click Submit Keys. Your Lish key will be saved in the Linode Manager.
Now you can log in to any of the Lish gateway boxes without having to type your password.
If you wish to disable Lish access for users without keys, use the Authentication modes dropdown menu on the same page, and then click Save Setting.
Understanding Lish Commands
The Lish shell provides access to many functions which are otherwise only accessible via the Linode Manager web-based administration tool. Enter the
help command to see a full list of available commands. The output provides an introduction to Lish functionality:
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kill - kill stuck screen sessions exit - exit from lish help - this menu [return] - connect to console version - display running kernel version boot - boot last used (or the only) config profile boot N - boot the specified config profile shutdown - shut down the Linode reboot - shut down, then boot the last used config profile reboot N - shut down, then boot the specified config profile sysrq X - send SysRq X to your Linode destroy - pulls the plug on a running Linode, no fs sync, no warning jobs - view the job queue for your Linode configs - view the configuration profiles for your Linode config N - view configuration profile details for profile N status - view the status of your Linode logview - view contents of console log
There are two ways to run these commands for a specific Linode. If you are at the main Lish gateway, you can prefix the command with a Linode ID, like this:
You can also bring up the Linode’s console, then type CTRL+A then D to drop back to the host for that Linode. Now all of the commands above will be run for that Linode specifically. To exit back to the main Lish menu, type
Advanced Lish Tricks
While the Lish interface as described above is useful as a basic command-line interface, you may find that you want to issue commands to your Linode without going through the Lish login process.
You can directly connect to a Linode’s console:
ssh -t [manager-username]@lish-[location].linode.com [linode-name]
You can also append Lish commands to the SSH command on your system prompt. For instance, to reboot your system, using your Linode Manager username, location, and the host-id for your Linode:
ssh -t [manager-username]@lish-[location].linode.com [linode-name] reboot
Similarly, you can generate a view of the log using Lish:
ssh -t [manager-username]@lish-[location].linode.com [linode-name] logview
This command format works for all Lish functionality.
Lish Gateway Fingerprints
The valid fingerprints for the Lish gateway boxes are as follows:
These are the fingerprints for the Lish gateway in our Atlanta data center (lish-atlanta.linode.com):
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RSA 59:30:1a:0b:93:5e:3f:4b:6f:d1:96:ff:7e:9e:12:f8 DSA 0b:90:ed:f2:a1:e0:55:5b:38:6e:5d:6e:fa:00:63:7f ECDSA 7a:1e:30:ce:fb:a8:c8:85:c2:e8:2d:4c:85:d9:48:a2 SHA256 9V/AK2EcQFjYzm1PU3XhOJbzhwYCoqqThl2vnFxbyvg=
These are the fingerprints for the Lish gateway in our Dallas data center (lish-dallas.linode.com):
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RSA 6d:3d:b5:d0:42:1c:49:45:a6:47:29:bd:88:4e:58:d4 DSA 58:bc:07:fa:c1:61:a4:3b:b5:00:3b:9b:6b:78:c6:c5 ECDSA 0e:52:90:0e:8b:54:6f:a0:c3:1a:16:54:d2:84:d0:60 SHA256 IVXyNAH78L7KJFgfrScp948+56BTew8Z41nOkAw2kGo=
These are the fingerprints for the Lish gateway in our Frankfurt data center (lish-frankfurt.linode.com):
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RSA 06:26:d8:2a:12:8b:2f:d7:6c:54:72:5a:a7:7b:da:7b DSA 0c:f9:f9:d6:f3:0a:f6:bb:82:82:07:4b:51:db:e2:35 ECDSA e4:09:16:a1:4e:b5:91:99:1a:75:25:76:b7:21:8a:f5 SHA256 LzlyP1Uj1nne2KwCkB5HlOWoHLH/7YrApZlNCn5204A=
These are the fingerprints for the Lish gateway in our Fremont data center (lish-fremont.linode.com):
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RSA 2c:43:0e:fc:88:f2:3a:dd:01:43:3a:fc:9f:67:9f:66 DSA 19:30:1a:48:85:aa:78:ab:46:8d:0f:4d:00:88:e6:b7 ECDSA d3:9d:48:e2:d5:ca:6e:73:34:7d:71:cf:94:04:62:b7 SHA256 0BmmvUv/itqa1ruA4KmqzMFaY4Ijdw/YW+SoiMJT1mo=
These are the fingerprints for the Lish gateway in our London data center (lish-london.linode.com):
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RSA 71:27:30:cd:dc:69:7a:fe:58:4a:04:e6:6b:5f:b4:e2 DSA ce:41:c0:48:2c:93:de:c8:d2:a9:bf:3f:97:1f:04:ad ECDSA 2c:bc:3a:6d:16:a2:82:d4:96:d2:8a:82:ec:89:e3:e8 SHA256 L7sQgnpnoBwRoyIYXAFBs8SdSnwtyYmhXs1p/mQDKQM=
These are the fingerprints for the Lish gateway in our Newark data center (lish-newark.linode.com):
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RSA 11:2a:57:a4:f8:ca:42:b2:c0:ab:17:58:0d:0c:b7:8b DSA a1:e2:f5:5a:71:f9:b8:98:d9:a6:4c:65:e5:05:ea:04 ECDSA d0:fa:d1:d8:0f:c5:40:91:6a:53:80:27:ae:14:0f:e5 SHA256 p+fsr503gCnyZhAG7wx5mzrvw9MIPdgzvKauScUm8wk=
These are the fingerprints for the Lish gateway in our Singapore data center (lish-singapore.linode.com):
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RSA 06:26:d8:2a:12:8b:2f:d7:6c:54:72:5a:a7:7b:da:7b DSA 0c:f9:f9:d6:f3:0a:f6:bb:82:82:07:4b:51:db:e2:35 ECDSA e4:09:16:a1:4e:b5:91:99:1a:75:25:76:b7:21:8a:f5 SHA256 rFYWuld4hWMbTzX+xZMuQ3kxiJ6t8A+FNQ5k889mKEA=
These are the fingerprints for the Lish gateway in our Tokyo data center (lish-tokyo.linode.com):
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RSA af:ec:f0:b8:87:33:d5:12:04:0d:7c:bb:a6:c5:5f:be DSA 1d:7d:bd:5c:a1:41:29:c3:78:de:e7:0f:d3:f2:63:34 ECDSA 6a:a9:5a:61:d2:75:3f:56:00:36:f7:fe:6e:43:22:84 SHA256 XcBYWsYm4p/bZ/tfWEntUzScDlTxvzTrmd7emeRBMJc=
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