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Because File Transfer Protocol (FTP) cannot guarantee security, many users prefer to use SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). SFTP provides file access, transfer, and management tools that resemble FTP through a secure SSH connection. However, SFTP is not merely FTP over SSH. Instead, it is an entirely separate protocol. 

For more information about SFTP, read the SFTP Wikipedia article.

Configure your SFTP client

SFTP clients typically require the following information to connect to a server:

SettingDescriptionPossible valuesExample
HostnameThe server's hostname.A valid hostname or IP
SSH port numberThe port number on which sshd listens.A valid positive integer.22
SecurityWhether the client combines FTP and SFTP functionality.SFTPSFTP
UsernameThe SSH username that the client uses to connect to the server.
  • A valid cPanel account username.
  • root


You cannot use an FTP account to connect via SFTP. 

PasswordThe SSH user's password.A secure password.12345luggage
Private KeyThe SSH user's private key.

The absolute path to a private key file on your local computer.




You may see a warning that the server's host key is unknown. To ensure that this message does not display again, accept the key and store it on your local computer.

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