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doctl compute ssh <droplet-id|name> [flags]


Access a Droplet using SSH by providing its ID or name.

You may specify the user to login with by passing the --ssh-user flag. To access the Droplet on a non-default port, use the --ssh-port flag. By default, the connection will be made to the Droplet’s public IP address. In order access it using its private IP address, use the --ssh-private-ip flag.


Option Description
--help , -h Help for this command
--ssh-agent-forwarding Enable SSH agent forwarding
Default: false
--ssh-command Command to execute on Droplet
--ssh-key-path Path to SSH private key
--ssh-port The remote port sshd is running on
Default: 22
--ssh-private-ip SSH to Droplet’s private IP address
Default: false
--ssh-retry-max Max number of retries for a successful SSH connection to a Droplet (default is 0)
Default: 0
--ssh-user SSH user for connection
Default: root
Command Description
doctl compute Display commands that manage infrastructure

Global Flags

Option Description
--access-token, -t API V2 access token
--api-url, -u Override default API endpoint
--config, -c Specify a custom config file
  • macOS: ${HOME}/Library/Application Support/doctl/config.yaml
  • Linux: ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/doctl/config.yaml
  • Windows: %APPDATA%\doctl\config.yaml
--context Specify a custom authentication context name
--http-retry-max Set maximum number of retries for requests that fail with a 429 or 500-level error
Default: 5
--http-retry-wait-max Set the minimum number of seconds to wait before retrying a failed request
Default: 30
--http-retry-wait-min Set the maximum number of seconds to wait before retrying a failed request
Default: 1
--interactive Enable interactive behavior. Defaults to true if the terminal supports it (default false)
Default: false
--output, -o Desired output format [text|json]
Default: text
--trace Show a log of network activity while performing a command
Default: false
--verbose, -v Enable verbose output
Default: false