How to give your Plesk users SSH access

Plesk-LogoBy default SSH access is disabled for FTP and web users which is a very good thing. I’d recommend enabling this only if you know exactly who’s connecting to your server and why.

In my case, I want to use my server to host Git repositories so I can collaborate with some trusted coding buddies of mine. Here’s how I did it – I’m using Plesk 11 for this demonstration:

Log into Plesk and head over to Websites and Domains

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Next we’ll head over to Web Hosting Access

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and in there you’ll find a drop-down menu which will allow you to grant access. You can even select the type of SSH access you’d like to give to your user:

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And that’s all – no need to reboot the server, it just works.

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 draw on tablet devices. He blogs about his coding journey at and

4 thoughts on “How to give your Plesk users SSH access

    1. Hi Steffen,

      Sadly that’s not possible, only the main subscription user is allowed SSH/SFTP access, additional web and FTP users on the same subscription are not. It would be a nice feature to have, not sure why Parallels have elected not to make it available.

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