Connect with OpenSSH (Windows)


  • Applies to: Grid
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: OpenSSH, SSH enabled
  • Applies to: Shared Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: OpenSSH, SSH enabled
  • Applies to: VPS Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: OpenSSH, SSH enabled
  • Applies to: Legacy DV & VPS Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: OpenSSH, SSH enabled
  • Applies to: Managed WordPress Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: OpenSSH, SSH enabled

Last modified: August 13, 2021

Overview

OpenSSH is a free open-source software application for Windows which can be used to make SSH connections to your server. OpenSSH is compatible for Window 10 (build 1809 and later) or Windows Server 2019 devices. In this article we will guide you through the installation and setup process of OpenSSH.

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Install OpenSSH

  1. In your Windows computer, navigate to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features > Optional Features.
  2. Check the list of Installed Features to see if OpenSSH is installed.
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  3. If you need to install OpenSSH, select + Add a feature:
    • Search for OpenSSH Client, then select Install.
    • Search for OpenSSH Server, then select Install.

Login credentials

In order to connect to your server using SSH, you will need the following information:

Instructions

PLACEHOLDERS:
In this example, we will be using the placeholders "example.com" and "s00000.gridserver.com". Please be sure to change this to your actual Server Administrator username and access domain.

PRESS ENTER:
It standard to hit "Enter/Return" after each command, to execute it after you finish typing.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell. To do this, select Start (Windows) > search for "PowerShell" > select Windows PowerShell.
    windows-ssh-02.png
  2. In the command box that appears, type:
    ssh example.com@s00000.gridserver.com
    or
    ssh example.com@example.com
  3. If this is your computer's first time connecting to the server, you may be asked to accept the connection. You can do this by typing:
    yes
  4. When prompted, type your password. You will NOT see your cursor moving, or any characters typed (such as ******), when typing your password. This is a standard security feature.

You should now be logged into your server using SSH. You can begin typing commands at the prompt.

Resources

Login credentials

In order to connect to your server using SSH, you will need the following information:

Instructions

PLACEHOLDERS:
In this example, we will be using the placeholders "user", "xx.xx.xxx.xx", and "example.com". Please be sure to change this to your actual SSH username, IP address, or domain.

PRESS ENTER:
It standard to hit "Enter/Return" after each command, to execute it after you finish typing.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell. To do this, select Start (Windows) > search for "PowerShell" > select Windows PowerShell.
    windows-ssh-02.png
  2. In the command box that appears, type:
    ssh user@xx.xx.xxx.xx
    or
    ssh user@example.com
  3. If this is your computer's first time connecting to the server, you may be asked to accept the connection. You can do this by typing:
    yes
  4. When prompted, type your password. You will NOT see your cursor moving, or any characters typed (such as ******), when typing your password. This is a standard security feature.

You should now be logged into your server using SSH. You can begin typing commands at the prompt.

Resources

Login credentials

In order to connect to your server using SSH, you will need the following information:

Instructions

PLACEHOLDERS:
In this example, we will be using the placeholders "user", "xx.xx.xxx.xx", and "example.com". Please be sure to change this to your actual SSH username, IP address, or domain.

PRESS ENTER:
It standard to hit "Enter/Return" after each command, to execute it after you finish typing.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell. To do this, select Start (Windows) > search for "PowerShell" > select Windows PowerShell.
    windows-ssh-02.png
  2. In the command box that appears, type:
    ssh user@xx.xx.xxx.xx
    or
    ssh user@example.com
  3. If this is your computer's first time connecting to the server, you may be asked to accept the connection. You can do this by typing:
    yes
  4. When prompted, type your password. You will NOT see your cursor moving, or any characters typed (such as ******), when typing your password. This is a standard security feature.

You should now be logged into your server using SSH. You can begin typing commands at the prompt.

Resources

Login credentials

In order to connect to your server using SSH, you will need the following information:

Instructions

PLACEHOLDERS:
In this example, we will be using the placeholders "user", "xx.xx.xxx.xx", and "example.com". Please be sure to change this to your actual SSH username, IP address, or domain.

PRESS ENTER:
It standard to hit "Enter/Return" after each command, to execute it after you finish typing.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell. To do this, select Start (Windows) > search for "PowerShell" > select Windows PowerShell.
    windows-ssh-02.png
  2. In the command box that appears, type:
    ssh user@xx.xx.xxx.xx
    or
    ssh user@example.com
  3. If this is your computer's first time connecting to the server, you may be asked to accept the connection. You can do this by typing:
    yes
  4. When prompted, type your password. You will NOT see your cursor moving, or any characters typed (such as ******), when typing your password. This is a standard security feature.

You should now be logged into your server using SSH. You can begin typing commands at the prompt.

Resources

Login credentials

In order to connect to your server using SSH, you will need the following information:

Instructions

PLACEHOLDERS:
In this example, we will be using the placeholders "user", "xx.xx.xxx.xx", and "example.com". Please be sure to change this to your actual SSH username, IP address, or domain.

PRESS ENTER:
It standard to hit "Enter/Return" after each command, to execute it after you finish typing.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell. To do this, select Start (Windows) > search for "PowerShell" > select Windows PowerShell.
    windows-ssh-02.png
  2. In the command box that appears, type:
    ssh user@xx.xx.xxx.xx
    or
    ssh user@example.com
  3. If this is your computer's first time connecting to the server, you may be asked to accept the connection. You can do this by typing:
    yes
  4. When prompted, type your password. You will NOT see your cursor moving, or any characters typed (such as ******), when typing your password. This is a standard security feature.

You should now be logged into your server using SSH. You can begin typing commands at the prompt.

Resources