Last updated on: 2019-12-20
Authored by: Rackspace Community
This article describes how to connect to a cloud server with Filezilla® by using SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).
Note: We recommend using SFTP instead of FTP to ensure that the file transmission is secure. SFTP encrypts the data transferred to the FTP server and prevents unauthorized access during the transmission.
Cloud servers running Linux® come with the
openssh package that includes and configures
SFTP by default.
Like Secure Shell (SSH), SFTP runs on port 22 by default on cloud servers. If you have changed the port that SSH listens on, then you must use that new port for SFTP as well.
You can connect to your server by using SFTP with the root user but we recommended creating a new system user for security purposes. For more information, see Basic Cloud Server security.
Download Filezilla and then install it. You need the following information during the configuration process:
Use the following steps to configure Filezilla to use SFTP:
Launch Filezilla and input the following information:
If you experience any issues, check the server logs to see if connections are reaching the server by using the following command:
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and CentOS®
Ubuntu® operatig system and Debian®
check in /var/log/auth.log
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