How to Connect to Your Account Using Putty SSH terminal

In this guide, you will learn how to use PuTTY SSH terminal to connect to your hosting account or a VPS server. This software will allow you to connect to your server remotely via SSH terminal and execute various commands via the command line.

What you’ll need

Before you begin this guide you’ll need the following:

  • A computer running Windows operating system
  • Putty SSH client
  • SSH connection details

Step 1 — Downloading the PuTTY SSH client

You can download the latest version of Putty SSH client here. After that, install it on your computer and proceed to the next step.

Step 2 – Gathering SSH access information

Once the Putty client is installed on your system, you will need to locate the details required to make your SSH connection.

Step 2.1 – SSH details for shared hosting

If you have a shared web hosting account, the SSH connection details can be found in your control panel’s SSH Access section under the Advanced category.


There, you will see all the required details, such as SSH IP, SSH Port, and SSH Username with SSH Password. The password used for the SSH connection is the same as FTP. In case you forgot or do not know it, you can reset it using your control panel’s FTP Access section.

SSH connection details for shared hostingLastly, in case the SSH access is set to Disabled, turn it on and press Update and a confirmation screen will appear.ssh-enabled-on-shared-hosting

Step 2.2 – SSH details for Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

In order to connect to a Virtual Private Server (VPS), you may locate all the required details in the Servers section at the top of your control panel.vps-server-management-details

Select your VPS from the drop-down list to open its information.vps-ssh-details-for-putty-client

In case you do not know the root password of your VPS, it can be reset via the Root Password section below.change-root-vps-password

Step 3 — Connecting to your server via PuTTY SSH

Now that we have gathered all the required details to make a connection, open up your PuTTY SSH client. Firstly, you will need to enter your hostname/server IP and port. Then, press the Open button to proceed.putty-ssh-client-configuration

login as: message will pop-up, where you will need to enter your SSH username. For VPS users, this is usually root. However, on shared hosting, this value is different. In this example, we will use u721233450. After entering your username simply press the Enter button on your keyboard. Then, you’ll need to enter your SSH password and press Enter again. Keep in mind that no letters will appear on your screen during this stage. username-password-putty-ssh-client

Congratulations! You have successfully connected to your account using PuTTY SSH client. On a shared hosting account, you may find the list of available SSH commands by executing help via terminal.


After following this guide, you will be able to connect to your VPS server or hosting account by using PuTTY SSH client. This will allow you to manage your server remotely and execute various commands. These tutorials can also help:

About the author

Linas L.

Linas started as a customer success agent and is now a full-stack web developer at Hostinger. He is passionate about making a positive impact on people by utilizing user-driven development techniques. As much as he enjoys coding and changing the world, he secretly dreams of becoming a rock star.

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