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Open terminal on host computer to use Linux shell on Raspberry Pi hardware

Add-On Required: This feature requires the MATLAB Support Package for Raspberry Pi Hardware add-on.



openShell(mypi) opens an SSH terminal on your host computer that provides encrypted access to the Linux® command shell on the Raspberry Pi® hardware. When you are prompted, enter a user name and password. The default user name and password are pi and raspberry. This function is not supported in MATLAB® Online™.


Executing the openShell command in Linux or macOS platforms does not open a new SSH terminal. The SSH terminal opens in MATLAB Command Window itself. Use the exit command to terminate the SSH terminal session.


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You can use an encrypted SSH terminal session to change the password on your Raspberry Pi board.

It is a good security practice to change the default password to a secure password the first time that you connect to the Raspberry Pi board.

mypi = raspi()

Start the raspi-config utility.

sudo raspi-config

Select 2 Change User Password and change the default password to a secure password.

Input Arguments

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Connection to the Raspberry Pi hardware board, specified as a raspi object.