Learn about the classical way to deploy and access your App on fortrabbit.

Albeit deploying with Git has many advantages, sometimes it's more of a burden than it helps. Especially when working with CMS. These systems are often not designed for Git-workflows and write on the file system when installing plugins and upgrading versions via web-based interfaces. Those changes can not be back-ported to the version control. Stuff gets out of control.

All Universal Stack Apps come with SFTP access out-of-the-box to support legacy applications and workflows.

Accessing SFTP

There are various GUIs out there, which make your life easier. We recommend Cyberduck (Mac, Windows).

Many modern editors or IDEs also feature SFTP integrations by plugin.

  • Mode: SFTP (not regular FTP)
  • Host: deploy.{{region}}.frbit.com
  • Port: 22
  • Username: {{ssh-user}}
  • Password: Your Account password OR public SSH key

File synchronization

Most SFTP clients feature a file synchronization mode. You can choose your local folder and sync it to the remote folder on fortrabbit. All files will be compared and only changed ones will be uploaded. This works in the other direction as well, of course.

Setting up SFTP file sync

This example shows how to configure your SFTP client to quickly sync code:

  1. Create a bookmark (favorite) that stores the access informations to connect with one click
  2. Set a local directory to be synced with the online directory in the bookmark
  3. Set rules for exclude patterns (a huge time saver!)
  4. Run simulation first, the first run will take longer, results will be cached, execution will be fast
  5. First sync down, then sync up

The workflow has been tested with (macOS commercial) SFTP client Transmit from Panic.

Troubleshooting SFTP

Got an error when trying to login? fortrabbit supports username + password and public key authentication. Please continue here to troubleshoot access:


We are actively filtering deployment traffic for security reasons: too many falsy login attempts or parallel connections are considered dangerous and will get blacklisted.

When you have tried to connect to often, you might got blacklisted, you can:

  1. Ask us to remove your IP from the blacklisting ban.
  2. Get a new IP by disconnecting from the internet shortly.

Further readings

About SFTP

SFTP stands for SSH File Transfer Protocol. It's a separate protocol packaged with SSH — think of it as the little sister of SSH. SFTP is very different than FTP or FTPS but all clients will speak it anyways, so for the usage it doesn't really makes a difference. Mostly, SFTP is preferable to FTP because of its underlying security features.

Mixing deployment methods

Please see our deployment methods article to learn how the different ways to deploy code work side by side.

Further readings

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