Many modern operating systems, such as macOS and Linux distributions, include SSH.
If you use Microsoft Windows® to connect to your server, you must use an SSH client, such as PuTTY, to log in to your server.
Many Unix-based operating systems include standardized commands. For a list of standardized Unix-based (POSIX) commands, see the GNU Coreutils documentation.
Note: Not all hosting providers allow shell access.
To access your cPanel server from the command line
To use PuTTY to connect to your server via SSH
To log in to a server via SSH with PuTTY and a public key
To log in to your server with a password via SSH using macOS
This section of cPanel’s SSH Access allows you to create, import, manage, and remove SSH keys. The system will use these keys when you confirm that a specific computer has the right to access your website’s information with SSH.
Use this section of the interface to create new SSH key pairs, which include a public key and a private key.
To generate a new SSH key pair, perform the following steps:
Note: This step is optional if your hosting provider sets the SSH Keys setting to 0 in WHM’s Password
Strength Configuration interface.
The system evaluates the password that you enter on a scale of 100 points. 0 indicates a weak password, while 100 indicates a very secure password.
Some web hosts require a minimum password strength. A green password Strength meter indicates that the password is equal to or greater than the required password strength.
Click Password Generator to generate a strong password. For more information, read our Password and Security documentation.
Important: For the new SSH key to function, you must authorize the SSH key. For more information, read the Manage your keys section.
To import an existing SSH key, perform the following steps:
The Public Keys and Private Keys tables display the following information about your existing keys:
After you deauthorize a key, that key’s users cannot log in with the associated private key.
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