Whatbox provides a shell account for each user on their server. A shell account is a user account with a command line interface that can be accessed over SSH. Controlling clients, manipulating files, transcoding music, creating torrents, and tunneling traffic are just some things that shell access lets you do.


Linux or Mac OS X

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Enter ssh
  3. Enter your password when prompted


Since Windows does not come with an SSH client, you will need to download and install KiTTY.

  1. Start KiTTY and enter in the Host Name field.
  2. Make sure SSH is selected as the connection type
  3. In the menu on the left, go to Connection->Data.
  4. Enter your Whatbox username user (use all lowercase letters) and slot password in the Auto-login username and Auto-login password fields.
  5. Return to Session from the menu on the left.
  6. Under Saved Sessions enter Server and click Save
  7. Double-click the name in the list. If all went correctly you should now see user@server ~ $


SecureCRT is a shareware terminal emulator available for all major operating systems and can be used instead of or in addition to the methods above.

Public key authentication

If you already have a personal RSA, ECDSA, or Ed25519 keypair and wish to use public key authentication to login to your server.

  1. Create a .ssh folder in your home if it doesn't already exist. mkdir -p ~/.ssh over SSH.
  2. Upload your public key file (usually ~/.ssh/ or ~/.ssh/ to the ~/.ssh folder, renaming it authorized_keys. If you would edit ~/.ssh/authorized_keys instead, make sure that the key takes up a single line and doesn't get line wrapped.
  3. Set file permissions to 0600. chmod 0600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keysover SSH.

After Connecting

The following articles are related to things that you can do over SSH: