Automatic authentication using SSH keys can be set up.

On your host, make a folder in the host root directory named .sftp

On your computer, run the following command to create a properly formatted SSH key:

ssh-keygen -e -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

Save the output of this as the file name authorized_keys, and upload it to the .sftp/ folder on the server.

After this, your client should automatically connect to the server using that key.
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