How to Configure Your SFTP Client
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.
- SFTP uses your cPanel account’s shell access to create a connection.
Configure your SFTP client
SFTP clients typically require the following information to connect to a server:
|Hostname||The server’s hostname.||A valid hostname or IP address.|
|SSH port number||The port number on which ||A valid positive integer.|
|Security||Whether the client combines FTP and SFTP functionality.||SFTP|
|Username||The SSH username that the client uses to connect to the server.|
You cannot use an FTP account to connect via SFTP.
|Password||The SSH user’s password.||A secure password.|
|Private Key||The 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.