This guide explains how to log in and transfer files to your new Linux or Windows server at Vultr.
The information page shows the initial password for the server. If you change the password, the server information page will not reflect the change. Please keep a secure record of your server's password. Snapshots are complete backups of a server, including the passwords. A restored snapshot has the same password as the original server.
You can use the Vultr web console to access your server. The console simulates a physical mouse, keyboard, and screen. You can use the console to access your server even when SSH does not work, or the network is misconfigured. The console is the best place to start if you have issues with your VPS.
All Linux and *BSD servers at Vultr have SSH enabled. To connect to the server with SSH, open a command prompt on your computer and run:
For example, to connect as
root to a server at
SSH is pre-installed on macOS and Linux. Windows users may need to install OpenSSH.
See Connect to a Server Using an SSH Key if you prefer to use an SSH key instead of a password.
Microsoft Windows servers at Vultr have Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) enabled. RDP is pre-installed on Windows, and clients are also available for macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux. You can download the RDP client configuration from the server information screen in the customer portal.
Vultr's Linux cloud servers have SFTP (Secure FTP) enabled. To connect to the server with SFTP, you can use the command line on Macintosh and Linux computers. For example:
$ sftp email@example.com
FileZilla also supports SFTP with SSH keys in PuTTY's PPK format. See the FileZilla documentation for details.