Connecting to Flywheel’s SSH Gateway

Updated on January 5th, 2021

To access your site(s) via SSH, you’ll first need to add a public SSH key in the Flywheel dashboard. Keys are how we verify your identity and are more secure than a username/password combination. If you haven’t added a public key to the Flywheel dashboard, refer to our SSH key management article.


SSH is currently only available for sites hosted on our Flywheel Cloud Platform. Contact your Account Manager or our support team to upgrade your sites.

Connecting to the SSH gateway

Once your public key has been added, you can now connect to your sites via SSH!


Initiate the connection

Open up a terminal program of choice (like Terminal or iTerm for Mac, or PuTTY for Windows) and run the following command:




Confirm the fingerprint

If you’re connecting for the first time, you’ll likely see a message similar to this, asking you verify the fingerprint:


The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is SHA256:gGoHM/YYEKoCOrbrO/o0ZU1fndq8wz+KkkR8ePc8t5g.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no/[fingerprint])?

Verify that the fingerprint shown in your terminal matches the fingerprint shown in Flywheel on the SSH tab, and then type yes to continue connecting.


Select a site to connect to

You should now see a welcome message and a list of all the sites you have access to:

Welcome To The Flywheel SSH Service
Select your destination...

 1 : Super Fly (flytrevan/super-fly)
 2 : High Flyers (jhobbs/high-flyers)
 3 : Rad Enough (flytrevan/rad-enough)
 4 : Bozingo's Gadgets (flytrevan/bozingos-gadgets)
 5 : Flyer's Club (atrabold/flyers-club)
 6 : Awesome Opposums (trevannonadmin/awesome-opposums)
 7 : Flippy's Martial Arts (trevsclient/flippys-martial-arts)
 8 : Trusty Robots (trevsclient/trusty-robots)
 9 : Full Plastic Jacket (flytrevan/full-plastic-jacket)
 10 : Tank's Mobile Service (trevsclient/tanks-mobile-service)

[email protected]>

Type the number next to the site you wish to view.

You should now be connected to the site you selected!

Connecting directly to a site

The instructions above outline connecting to the SSH gateway and viewing a list of all sites that you can then connect to. You can also connect directly to a site using the following syntax:

ssh [email protected]

For example:

ssh [email protected]

Your username can be found on your profile page, and the site-slug can be found at the end of the URL (after the site owner’s username) when viewing a site in the Flywheel dashboard. user profile in Flywheel dashboard with username highlighted Flywheel site url with username and site-slug highlighted


If the site you’re connecting to belongs to another user, replace your user name with the site owner’s username.

Connecting directly to a staging site

To connect to a staging site, the syntax is:

ssh [email protected]

For example:

ssh [email protected]

Connecting directly to an Organization owned site

To connect to a site owned by an Organization, the syntax is:

ssh [email protected]

For example:

ssh [email protected]

The Organization’s username can be found before the site slug in the URL when viewing the site in the Flywheel dashboard. Flywheel site url with Organization username and site-slug highlighted

Having trouble getting connected?

If you’re unable to connect, try specifying your identity file:

ssh -i /path/key-filename

For example:

ssh -i ~/.ssh/id_ed25519

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