Enable SSH Without Opening the Apple TV

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Parts Needed

  • External USB Drive
  • partition.img repair.img and efi.img from an apple tv drive

The Steps

I AM WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO DO A SECONDARY CONFIRMATION PLEASE REMOVE THIS NOTE IF YOU HAVE CONFIRMED We are going to modify the repair image and the os that it installs when you factory reset

  1. Mount repair.img on your Intel Mac OS desktop/laptop
  2. Convert the existing OS.img to one that is writeable:
hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o RW.dmg /Volumes/Recovery/OS.dmg
  1. Mount the new RW.img
  2. Copy sshd and the plist file onto the new OSBoot you created
cp /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ssh.plist /Volumes/OSBoot/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ssh.plist
cp /usr/sbin/sshd /Volumes/OSBoot/usr/sbin/sshd
  1. Convert the new RW.img back into a readonly compressed image
hdiutil convert -format UDZO -o NEWOS.dmg RW.dmg
  1. Copy the NEWOS image onto the repair image
cp NEWOS.dmg /Volumes/Recovery/OS.dmg
  1. unmount the recovery image
  2. Now we are going to setup the external drive:
dd if=partition.img of=/dev/disk# bs=1024k count=100
dd if=EFI.img of=/dev/disk#s1
dd if=repair.img of=/dev/disk#s2
  1. plug in the usb drive to the appletv after its booted
  2. press menu and - on the remote
  3. then run factory restore