SSH keys prompting for password in MacOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave – FIXED

After installing Mojave I was prompted in Terminal and FileZilla for a password whenever I connected to my web server.  Since I use key files to connect I thought this behavior was odd.  This appears to be a MacOS issue as Apple has changed the behavior in Sierra.

I solved it by creating the following file (or editing it if you already have one):


Add the following:

Host *
UseKeychain yes
AddKeysToAgent yes
ForwardAgent yes
IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Once that was done I did the following in Terminal:

ssh-add-K ~/.ssh/id_rsa

That’s it.  Now my apps no longer prompt me for a password every time I try to use my ssh keys.

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