How to use SFTP (secure ftp) with your hosting account

2004-06-19 23:22:26
SFTP is the Secure File Transfer Protocol similar to FTP, but performs all operations over an encrypted SSH transport, thus gaining the features of public key encryption and compression.

This guide will show you how to use SFTP with your hosting account.

For this guide we will be using the free program FileZilla which is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. You can download FileZilla here (download the setup.exe installation file).

  1. First make sure you have SSL enabled for your account.
  2. In FileZilla go to File -> Site Manager
  3. Click on 'New Site' and give a name for the site
  4. Enter the host name (i.e.
  5. For 'Server Type' choose 'SFTP using SSH2'
  6. For 'Logon Type' choose 'Normal'
  7. Enter your standard Username and password.
  8. Click on 'Save and Exit'

NOTE: The first time you connect it will say "the server's host key is not cached in the registry..." Choose YES to store the key in the cache.

You can now upload/download files like normal FTP.

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