It's easy to connect using SSH key authentication with FileZilla! This guide will teach you how
The following information is required to complete this guide:
- Your SFTP user (the user you login to the server with, if you're using shared hosting, the SFTP user is your cPanel username)
- Your server hostname or IP address (this can be either the server hostname, IP address or otherwise your domain name)
- A SSH key configured on your device (if you don't have a SSH key set up, please follow our guide Create a SSH key pair and configure your SSH key in cPanel before following the steps in this guide).
If you don't have requirements 1 and 2, those details were included in the Welcome to Serversaurus or IMPORTANT: Hosting Documentation email which you should find in your inbox, otherwise please request our support team to resend the documentation to you.
Let's get started!
- Open FileZilla and navigate to the File menu, select Site Manager
- From My Sites, select the site you're updating or otherwise create a New Site
- Set the following values in the settings:
Protocol: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
Host: Your server hostname or IP address
Logon Type: Key file
User: Your SFTP username
Key file: Use Browse to select your SSH private key or otherwise add the path to your SSH private key. For MacOS users, your private SSH key is typically stored at /Users/USERNAME/.ssh/id_rsa (replace USERNAME with your device username). For Windows users, your private SSH key is typically stored at C:UsersUSERNAME.sshd_rsaYou can compare your settings to the following visual example (remembering the Host, User and Key file path require your unique details):
Well done! You've set the required settings and can continue to select Connect.
Last updated November 30, 2023