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How to SSH into your VPS

SSH is a protocol used to connect to a computer's command-line interface.

There are a wide range of methods to SSH into your VPS, you can either directly use the command line on your computer or use a application such as PuTTY or Termius.

Directly using the command line

For Windows, the command line application is called CMD.
For MacOS and Linux, the command line application is called Terminal.

You initiate a SSH connection by running ssh username@ip in your command line and you'll be given the following prompt,

Simply type yes and click enter. Following that, you'll then be prompted for your VPS username and password.

When it comes to asking for your password, most command lines don't render what you're typing for security purposes.

Using Termius (Prefered)

You can download Termius here.

Termius is similar to PuTTY but instead has a more modern and, hopefully, intuitive interface.
You can add a SSH connection pre-set by selecting New Host from the ADD drop-down menu that'll bring-up a panel on the right of the application where you can configure details such as Label (name), Address (IP), Username and Password among many other properties. Once successfully configured, you should see the preset show-up in the centre of the application and double-clicking it will initiate a SSH connection.

Using PuTTY

You can download PuTTY here.

Initiating a SSH connection is similar to your plain text command line, however you only need to provide the VPS IP initially.
Enter the VPS IP into the Host Name (or IP Address) field and then click the Open button at the bottom.

You'll end-up with a screen like so where you provide the account username and password to use for SSH.

Updated on: 23/04/2023

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