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How To: connect via psftp (secure ftp) using a private key file

Creating the key

  • create an ssh key in cPanel if you haven't already.
  • REMEMBER your passphrase
  • view the private key (you will need to put in the passphrase to do this)
  • select the entire key.
  • open a new text file on your desktop, named username.txt
  • paste the private key in to the text file
  • change the name of the file to username.ppk
Configuring Putty
  • download both putty and psftp here: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html
  • fire up putty (just double click on the exe)
  • under "saved sessions" put your username
  • in hostname box put: username@ip || example: nick@1.2.3.4
  • click the ssh radio button
  • change the port if the ssh port is not 22
  • on the menu on the left click the + next to SSH
  • click the auth category
  • click the browse button select the key you saved earlier (should be username.ppk)
  • click on session on the left menu
  • click the save button
  • click cancel
using psftp:
  • open psftp (just double click the exe)
  • type: open username
  • enter the passphrase for your private key
you are now connected via secure ftp, congratulations



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