… re-blogged from our [Strongspace Blog](https://www.strongspace.com/blog)
If you have a long Strongspace username and are regularly accessing Strongspace from command-line tools you’ll often be typing out something like `jmancuso_expandrive@jmancuso_expandrive.strongspace.com` in your commands. After a while this can be a bit cumbersome. To save yourself a lot of typing you can replace that entire string with a short SSH alias such as `ss`. Combine that with with [SSH Key authentication](https://www.strongspace.com/blog/password-less-login-with-ssh-keys) and you’ve got a recipe for friction-free transfer to and from Strongspace.
To create an SSH alias on Mac or Linux:
1. Open up your Terminal application
2. Open ~/.ssh/config with your favorite text editor. If you don’t have a favorite editor you can use TextEdit which comes with your Mac `open -a TextEdit ~/.ssh/config`
3. I am going to name my alias to Strongspace `ss`. Call yours whatever you’d like. Add the following 3 lines:
> HostName your_username.strongspace.com
> User your_username
4. You can now use the alias `ss` whenever you’re connecting to Strongspace with the `rsync`, `sftp` or `scp` command-line tools. This alias also works in many popular Mac SFTP clients including [ExpanDrive](https://www.expandrive.com/mac), [Interarchy](http://nolobe.com/interarchy/) and [Transmit](http://www.panic.com/transmit).