Access Amazon EC2 Instance from Ubuntu terminal and fileZilla

A simple tutorial on working with Amazon EC2 Instance and FTP Client FileZilla for transferring files from your Local Machine.

Before beginning this tutorial I hope you have already Launched your Amazon EC2 Instance and downloaded your .pem Key Pair file.

Steps to connect Amazon EC2 Instance from Ubuntu terminal

  1. Open terminal and Navigate to the location where you have saved your .pem key pair file.
  2. Secure your Key pair file.
  3. Connect to your instance using its Public DNS or IP address.

How to Secure your Key pair file in Ubuntu

chmod 400 xxx-key-pair.pem

If you do not set these permissions, then you cannot connect to your instance using this key pair.

Connecting to your instance using its Public DNS or IP address


ssh -i "xxx-key-pair.pem"

Steps to access Amazon EC2 Instance from FileZilla

  1. Open your FTP Client - FileZilla .
  2. Go to File, Site manager and select New Site.
  3. Select General Tab and Fill out the required parameters as follows:

Host: your Amazon ec2 instance Public DNS or IP address

Protocol: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol

Logon Type: Key File

User: ubuntu

Key File: link your downloaded .pem Key Pair file.

That's it. Enjoy File Sharing with FileZilla. Peace :)

Also see:
How to connect MySQL Database Engine On Amazon EC2 Instance From MySQL Workbench


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