How to use SFTP with Plesk 10.4.4

We had a discussion recently about using SFTP under Plesk 10. It’s possible, however the feature is not called SFTP explicitly so I thought it’s best to describe how it works here.

Note that SFTP is only possible for the main domain owner, not for additional FTP Users that you may create under Web Users… sorry! Here’s the Parallels Knowledgebase article which explains why.

That said, here’s how you activate SFTP for your account:

Once logged in to your Plesk Panel, head over to Websites and Domains. Next check FTP Access.

In here, select your FTP user. Up comes a drop down menu that lets you select several options under “Access to the server over SSH” – by default this is set to “forbidden”.

Go ahead and select the option /bin/bash (chrooted) from the list and hit OK.

Note that there are two options in here that look extremely similar:

  • /bin/bash <<– you don’t want this
  • /bin/bash (chrooted) <<– this is what you want

Hit save and you can now use SFTP. Have fun.





Jay is the CEO and founder of WP Hosting, a boutique style managed WordPress hosting and support service. He has been working with Plesk since version 9 and is a qualified Parallels Automation Professional. In his spare time he likes to develop iOS apps and WordPress plugins, or drawing on tablet devices. He blogs about his coding journey at http://wpguru.co.uk and http://pinkstone.co.uk.