»Run and Login to Boundary

To start Boundary in dev mode:

$ boundary dev

»Login to Boundary

Boundary uses a predictable login name (admin) and password (password) in dev mode. These can be overridden, or randomly generated, with flags to boundary dev.

$ boundary authenticate password \
         -login-name=admin \
         -password password \

If you are on Unix-like operating system (other than macOS/Darwin), you may get an error indicating that the token could not be stored, as the freedesktop.org Secret Service implementation is not always available. On these systems, you can work around this by installing dbus-x11 and gnome-keyring using your package manager, then creating and unlocking the default keyring with the following, substituting in a password of your choice for "foorbar" (but ending with \n). You can also avoid putting the password on the command line by running the gnome-keyring-daemon commands directly and entering in the password, followed by a newline (return) and an EOF (Ctrl+D).

This would have to be run in each shell.

If you're unable to install these packages, or don't want to, you can tell the Boundary authenticate command to not save the token to the operating system's key manager by setting -token-name=none flag or BOUNDARY_TOKEN_NAME=none env variable when running boundary authentiate. You'll be responsible for setting the token in subsequent commands via -token flag or BOUNDARY_TOKEN env variable. An easy way to do this would be to use the -format=json flag along with jq to pull the token value out of the response and place it wherever you wish, then create a command alias for boundary that sources that value into the environment or the -token flag.

»Next Steps

See connecting to your first target for how to use Boundary to run your first SSH session.