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How can I access my VPS via SSH?

Sometimes you may find that you need to issue commands on your VPS over command line, which is most commonly accessed with an SSH connection.

An SSH connection can be established with an SSH client – there are many available, with some of the most common being Putty, MobaXterm, and KiTTY.

Let’s see how we can access a VPS over an SSH connection, using Putty.

First, open Putty, and you’ll see the interface where you can enter the connection details for your remote server.

Putty connection configuration settings

Here we need to enter the IP address, or hostname, of our VPS.

Once we’ve entered the hostname or IP address, we can click Open to begin the session.

Now you’ll be prompted to enter the username you want to login with – often this would be root.

server login screen over SSH

After entering the username, you’ll be prompted to enter the password (this would have been provided when you ordered your VPS).

login password prompt over SSH

Enter the password, and click enter.

You’ll now be logged in to your VPS over an SSH connection!

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