can't ssh into my freebsd droplets


Recently lost the ability to ssh into my FreeBSD droplets. I have two and neither works. I rely on ipfw inside my droplets but to my knowledge have not set up any firewall on the DO side.

I’m sure there’s an easy explanation but I can’t find it.

Thanks for your time.


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Hello, @davewrobison

You can use telnet or nmap to see if the port is actually open and if you’re able to receive connections on it:

telnet IPADDRESS 22

Using nmap you will see the open ports and the services listening on those ports. If 22/ssh is open you will see it.


Also you can use the DigitalOcean’s console in order to access your droplet and see if there is a misconfiguration in the ssh config file. Once you’re logged in you can check if the ssh service is running:

service -e | grep "ssh"

If nothing is shown after the command, the SSH daemon is not running. Type:

service sshd onestart

to attempt to “kick-start” it.

Hope this helps.

Regards, Alex