How Do I ... Dreamweaver ssh Keys

Secure Shell or SSH is a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices.

It uses SSH key pairs that allow an additional level of security that are used in conjunction with the SFTP protocol.

The key pairs are stored on the client (Dreamweaver) and the server ( hosts). has 2 hosts and connected through a network appliance.

When you connect via sftp or ssh you will connect to either or

For this reason the key pairs must contain both host entries.

The ssh_hosts file is a text file containing the host, ip and public key. Dreamweaver caches the keys.

If the key pair is incorrect or corrupt you may have connection issues. Replace the ssh_hosts file with the correct one. Location varies.

September 13, 2005 /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Macromedia/Dreamweaver 8/Configuration/ssh_hosts
April 16, 2007 /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Dreamweaver CS3/en_US/Configuration/ssh_hosts
September 23, 2008 /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Dreamweaver CS4/en_US/Configuration/ssh_hosts
April 12, 2010 /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Dreamweaver CS5/en_US/Configuration/ssh_hosts
11.5 CS5.5 April 2011
12.0 CS6 April 2012


Depending on your operating system, you will find the ssh_hosts file in the one of the following locations:

Mac OSX /Users//Library/Application Support/Macromedia/Dreamweaver 8/Configuration/ssh_hosts

where above is your system username.

Windows XP and 2000

C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 8\Configuration\ssh_hosts

where above is your system username. To access the file, go to the "Start" menu and select "Run".

Copy the path above (with your username substituted for above) and click "OK". You may be presented with a dialog box asking you with which application you wish to open the file.

Select Notepad and continue.

Windows 98 SE:

C:\Windows\Application Data\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 8\Configuration\ssh_hosts

/Users/shortname/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Dreamweaver CS4/en_US/Configuration/ssh_hosts



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