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How to connect to a Mac mini M1

Reviewed on 26 May 2021Published on 26 May 2021

This page shows how to connect to your Mac mini M1 via either VNC or SSH.

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How to connect via VNC

VNC is a remote desktop-sharing protocol. It allows you to visualize the graphical screen output of a remote computer and to transfer local keyboard and mouse events to the remote computer by using a network connection. The protocol is platform-independent which means that various clients exist for Linux, Windows and macOS based computers. The VNC server used on the M1 is the one directly integrated in the macOS system without any restriction from our side.

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Compute section of the side menu. A list of your Mac mini M1s displays.

  2. Click the Mac mini M1 you want to connect to. Your Mac mini M1 Overview displays.

  3. Click the VNC button to launch a VNC session on your Mac mini M1.

    Your VNC client opens and you can log in the graphical environment of macOS using the default user m1 and your password.

    Note:

    macOS may ask you for your password once logged into the VNC session. Change the keyboard layout of macOS to your computer’s local keyboard layout before entering the password. Click on U.S. keyboard in the top right corner, to display a list of all available keyboard layouts

    You are now logged in and can launch applications just as if you were using your Mac mini M1 locally.

How to connect via SSH

You can also connect directly to the terminal of your Mac mini M1 using the SSH protocol and your SSH key.

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Compute section of the side menu. A list of your Mac mini M1s displays.

  2. Click the Mac mini M1 you want to connect to. Your Mac mini M1 Overview displays. You can find your SSH connection information here, under “SSH command”.

See how to connect to an instance for more help with connecting via SSH.

Note:

The default user to connect to your Mac mini M1 is called m1. The SSH command to connect is ssh m1@<your_mac_mini_m1_ip>.

Note:

Mac mini, macOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used by Apple under license. Scaleway is not affiliated with Apple Inc.

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