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How to connect to SSH on cPanel using SSH Keys

SSH (Secure Shell) is a protocol that provides a secure method to access another computer or server. You'll need to configure an SSH Key first, ensuring that you've authorized it, for it to work.

You can easily configure an SSH Key through your cPanel using the steps here.

Logging In using SSH Keys

Here are detailed instructions on how to connect to SSH using your SSH Keys:

Important Note: The following steps require a PuTTY application, your SSH Key username and password, and a downloaded PPK file of your configured SSH. Learn how to convert the SSH to PPK format and download it by clicking here.

Step 1. Open your PuTTY application.
Step 2. Enter your Host Name or IP Address in the appropriate field. You can enter your domain name as the Host Name.
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Step 3. On the left-side menu, click the [+] Icon beside Connection to expand the list.
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Step 4. Under Connection, click the [+] Icon beside SSH to expand the list.
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Step 5. Under SSH, select Auth and click Browse.
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Step 6. Search for and select your PPK file, then click Open.
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If a PuTTY Security Alert prompts, just click Yes to proceed.

Step 7. Enter your SSH Key username and password in the box that opens.
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Congratulations! You just successfully connected to SSH using your SSH Keys. You can now securely view, edit, create and delete website files.

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