How to access hosting account via SSH (Terminal OS X)

If you use Mac OS X, 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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