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Setup and login instructions

The web admin portal uses HTTPS so that passwords are not sent in clear text. By default, it uses a self-signed SSL certificate. But this means you will have to bypass some warnings in your browser.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Click here to access your web admin portal, or manually change your URL from http:// to https://.
  2. You may see a warning message that says Your connection is not private. Click the ADVANCED link at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Click the link Proceed to IP Address (unsafe) This will take you to the web admin portal.
  4. Create your admin user credentials (if you haven't already done so) and then log into the SFTP Gateway console.

Additional steps install a valid SSH certificate

Using LetsEncrypt

In a production environment, you may want to replace the self-signed SSL certificate with a real one to avoid the warning shown above. This step is optional -- traffic is still encrypted with the self-signed certificate.

SFTP Gateway 3.x comes with a web admin portal for managing SFTP users and settings. This website is hosted on a local web server (Nginx).

The website uses a self-signed SSL certificate. This protects your web traffic out of the box. However, you will encounter SSL warnings each time you visit the site.

If you don't want invalid SSL certificate warnings, you will need to obtain a valid SSL certificate.

The best free approach is to use LetsEncrypt, which provides free SSL certificates. These are Domain Validation (DV) level certs.

On SFTP Gateway v3.4.0, LetsEncrypt is already installed on the server. Follow the documentation below to install a LetsEncrypt SSL certificate: