Why SSH works only on the standard port?

When I change the Port in /etc/ssh/sshd_config I get “Connection refused” error. When Port is 22 I can connect to server without any problems. How to fix it?


After changing the ssh port are you restarting your ssh service?

service ssh restart

Unless the service is restarted the changes to your configuration will not take effect.

I have the same problem. SSH works on port 22, but on other port. I use a LAMP droplet. Did you manage to find an answer?

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I don’t use firewall, It is a new droplet. I follow step by step of this tutorial and earlier all work properly.

Did you open the new port your using in your firewall?

Of course, I restart ssh but it has not affected.

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For others that have this problem: Try using the IP address. I had just transferred the domain to cloudflare and cloudflare blocks everything except http/s traffic. To fix that, use the IP address directly or add a entry to your DNS records. Or just use your local ~/.ssh/config to set your Host setting to your IP.

Don’t forget firewalls:

  • UFW firewall rules on server.
  • Server Pilot Firewall
  • Local Firewalls ( antivirus, windows)