username to use with ssh

What username do I use to ssh to my instance?

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March 18, 2022

Hello there,

The default username is root on most operating systems, like Ubuntu and CentOS. Exceptions to this include Rancher, where you’ll log in as rancher, and FreeBSD, where you’ll log in as freebsd.

You can check our tutorial on How to Connect to Droplets with SSH

Hope that this helps!

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March 18, 2022

Hi @CuteLightCyanYacht,

If you are asking about your Droplet, you can SSH with the root user. In case you’ve provided your public key in the creation process then it would have been replicated on the Droplet and you should be able to login instantly with

  1. ssh root@XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX

where XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX is your Droplet’s IP address.

If you haven’t provided your public key and you can’t connect, I’ll recommend checking the following docs :