Using a SSH connection

Secure Shell (SSH) is a network protocol for establishing a secure connection to the server on which you are hosted. It allows you to manage your files and run certain commands and scripts very fast, in a secure environment. This article explains your connection basics.

Important: It is necessary to use an SSH Key to establish the connection. Please create an SSH Key by following these instructions.


  • Access to cPanel

  • Create and install an SSH key

Task completion: 15 minutes

Expertise: advanced

How to do it?

Establishing an SSH Connection with Putty (Windows)

  1. Get an SSH Client, like Putty

  2. Generate and install an SSH Key.

  3. Launch Putty and enter the hostname or server IP on which you are hosted

  4. Once you hit enter you'll be prompted with a window to approve a security key alert. Simply click Yes.

  5. You should be logged in!

Establishing an SSH Connection with Terminal (Mac OS / Linux)

  1. Generate and install an SSH Key.

  2. Launch your Terminal application (Mac OS: you can find it through Spotlight, or in the directory: Applications > Utilities > Terminal)

  3. Enter the connection line with this format: ssh

  4. You may be prompted to accept the secure connection Key. Type in yes.

  5. You are logged in!

NOTE: The server expects the login information to be sent in the first 10 seconds after the connection is requested. Failing to send it in this time frame will result in a failed connection.

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