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.
- 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:
|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.