Connect to your Linux VPS via SSH

SSHIf you have a new Linux VPS and you are not familiar with the procedure how to manage your server, we will show you few simple steps to connect to it for the first time and to be able to use some of its basic operations. If you are ready, we can start.

To connect to your Linux VPS no matter if it is CentOS VPS, Ubuntu VPS etc., you can use SSH. SSH is a secure network protocol for data communication between two remote computers. This means you can access your server securely, execute commands securely and manage your server securely.

However, in order to connect to your server via SSH you will need to have an SSH client installed on your local computer. If you have Linux or Mac OS X installed on your computer, you can use the OpenSSH client. On the other hand, if you use Windows as an operating system, you can use free software called Putty to connect to your server. You can download Putty from

Linux/Mac OS X

To connect to your server via SSH on Linux or Mac OS X you need to open the Terminal and type the following command:

ssh root@ -p2222

Please remember to replace with the IP address of your server and 2222 with the listening port of your server’s SSH daemon.

You will get the following message because you try to connect to your server for the first time:

The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 89:09:f3:03:c2:98:a5:a9:cf:ce:6f:8d:8f:ea:c8:a3.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?

Type ‘yes’ and press enter. Then, you will need to authenticate yourself so you can connect to your server. You will need to enter your ‘root’ user password. Your ‘root’ password along with the IP address of your server and the SSH listening port can be found in the email sent by our admins once your sign up for our services.

After you type in the password, press enter and that’s it, you are connected to your server via SSH and you can manage your Linux VPS.

If you like to authenticate yourself using SSH keys without entering your password every time you try to connect, you can use our SSH login without password using SSH keys guide and configure your server.


Once you download Putty, open it and enter the following information:

Host Name (or IP address) – enter your hostname or the IP address of your server.
Port – enter the listening port of your server’s SSH daemon
Connection type – SSH

Then press the button ‘Open’. You will be asked to enter the user and you can use ‘root’. Then you will be asked to authenticate using your ‘root’ user password. Type your password, press enter and you are done.

Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to help you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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