Can’t Ssh To Centos 7


Have you ever encountered the frustrating issue of not being able to SSH into a CentOS 7 server? As someone who has experienced this firsthand, I understand the frustration and the need for a solution. In this article, I will guide you through the troubleshooting process and provide you with some potential fixes to get you back in control of your CentOS 7 server.

Checking SSH Service Status

The first step in troubleshooting any SSH connection issue is to check the status of the SSH service on your CentOS 7 server. To do this, you can run the following command in your terminal:

systemctl status sshd

If the SSH service is running, you should see a message indicating that the service is active. If the service is not running, you can start it by running:

systemctl start sshd

After starting the SSH service, try connecting to your server using SSH again to see if the issue is resolved. If not, let’s move on to the next step.

Checking Firewall Settings

Firewall settings can often interfere with SSH connections. By default, CentOS 7 comes with a firewall called firewalld. To check the status of the firewall, run the following command:

systemctl status firewalld

If the firewall is active, you may need to open the SSH port (port 22) to allow incoming SSH connections. To do this, run the following command:

firewall-cmd --add-service=ssh

After adding the SSH service to the firewall, you need to reload the firewall for the changes to take effect:

firewall-cmd --reload

Now try connecting to your CentOS 7 server using SSH again. If the issue persists, let’s move on to the next troubleshooting step.

Checking SELinux Settings

SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) is another security mechanism that can sometimes interfere with SSH connections. To check the status of SELinux on your CentOS 7 server, run the following command:


If SELinux is enforcing, you may need to allow SSH connections by running the following command:

setsebool -P sshd_use_selinux 1

After allowing SSH connections through SELinux, try connecting to your CentOS 7 server using SSH again. If you’re still unable to connect, let’s move on to the final troubleshooting step.

Checking SSH Configuration

If none of the previous steps have resolved the issue, it’s time to check the SSH configuration on your CentOS 7 server. The SSH configuration file is located at /etc/ssh/sshd_config. You can open the file using a text editor such as Vim or Nano:

vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Check if the Port directive is set to the correct port (the default is port 22). Additionally, check if the PermitRootLogin directive is set to yes if you’re trying to connect as the root user.

If you make any changes to the SSH configuration file, you need to restart the SSH service for the changes to take effect. Run the following command to restart the SSH service:

systemctl restart sshd

Try connecting to your CentOS 7 server using SSH once again. If you’re still unable to connect, it’s possible that there is another underlying issue causing the problem.


SSH connection issues can be frustrating, but by following the troubleshooting steps outlined in this article, you should be able to resolve the problem and regain access to your CentOS 7 server. Remember to check the SSH service status, firewall settings, SELinux settings, and the SSH configuration file for any potential issues. If the problem persists, it may be worth reaching out to a system administrator or seeking further assistance.