While cPanel & WHM automates many server administration tasks, familiarity with the Linux command line can prove useful for both WHM and cPanel users. This documentation describes how to access the command line.
To access your cPanel & WHM server from the command line, perform the following steps:
Command Promptin the Search text box. Double-click Command Prompt in the list that appears.
Ubuntu — Open the Terminal program. To do this, press the
Your CLI program opens with access to the local computer. You must use SSH to access the cPanel & WHM server. To do this, enter the following command and press Enter:
In this comment,
username is your account's username, and
hostname is the server's hostname. For example, to log in as the
root user on the
example.com server, run the following command:
The CLI's display will appear similar to the following example.
Last login: Fri Feb 6 12:50:38 on ttys000 MyComputer:~ myname$ ssh email@example.com Password: Last login: Fri Feb 6 12:52:33 2015 from 10.1.4.202 username@example [~]#
You can now navigate the server's file system and run commands, within the limits of your account's permissions on the server.
If you receive an error message that appears similar to the following example, you may not have SSH privileges enabled on the server.
Contact your hosting provider or system administrator for more information. Because command line access (shell access) has certain security implications, many web hosting providers restrict this access.