Enable SSH Without Opening the Apple TV

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Parts Needed

  • External USB drive
  • partition.img, recovery.img, and efi.img from an Apple TV drive. (These images are explained and can be created using the steps found in Prepare a Hard 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 your Apple TV.

  1. Mount repair.img on your Mac Intel
  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 ssh.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.dmg 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 Apple TV after its booted
  2. press menu and - (minus) on the remote
  3. then run factory restore