How to access a hosting account via SSH

There are several ways to access your hosting account via SSH depending on the OS you use on your local device:

To access your hosting account via SSH on Windows, you should:

1. Follow the steps specified in this guide in order to enable SSH access for your account.

2. Open your SSH client, put your domain name or the IP address of the server into the Host Name field (you can also use server name here, you can check it using this tutorial), enter 21098 into the Port field (22 for a VPS/Dedicated server), choose SSH as your connection type and press the Open button:

3. You will receive the Putty Security Alert. Press OK:

4. When prompted, enter your cPanel username and password (when you enter the password, it is automatically hidden for the security purposes):


If you use macOS, you don’t need to install a third-party client like PuTTY to connect to your hosting account via Secure Shell (SSH). Instead, you can use Terminal - a command line emulation program.

Before you start, make sure SSH access is enabled for your hosting account.

1. Open your Terminal application:

You will see a window with a user$ sign and a blinking cursor. This is your basic command prompt.
From in here, you can establish an SSH connection to your hosting server:

To connect, you need to execute the following command:


USER: user you want to establish the SSH connection for. It can be either root (only for VPS and Dedicated servers) or cPanel username
SERVER: hostname/IP of the server you are connecting to
PORT: connection port - 21098 for a Shared server, 22 - for a VPS/Dedicated server

2. Now the computer will attempt to connect to your hosting server.
If it is your first time connecting to the server, you will see a message asking you to confirm the connection establishment. Type yes and press the Enter key to proceed:

3. You will be asked to input the SSH password (for root or cPanel account). Type it in and press Enter.

NOTE: The cursor will not be moving when you will be entering your password:

4. If all is good, you will see a line beginning with [user@server ~]$ , this will indicate that the SSH connection has been successfully established:

That's it!

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