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SSH into a Proxmox LXC container

By default it’s not possible to establish a direct SSH connection to a Proxmox LXC container. In order to SSH into a container there are two options available. Either you attach to the container through Proxmox host or you allow login with password on the specific container.

Option #1: Attach to the container through Proxmox host

Login to your Proxmox host and attach to the container with the following command.

lxc-attach --name 109

The name of the container corresponds to the unique VM ID which you can see in the container’s description.

 

 

Option #2: Allow login with password on the specific container

By default a Proxmox LXC container allows root login only with public key authentication. To login to a container with username/password login to your Proxmox host and attach to the container with the following command.

lxc-attach --name 109

Open sshd_config

nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

and change the line PermitRootLogin without-password to PermitRootLogin yes. Exit nano with Ctrl+X and save changes with y and ENTER.

 

Restart ssh service for the changes to take effect.

service ssh restart

Try to establish a direct SSH connection to your container’s IP (If you don’t know the container’s IP run ifconfig).

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