System User Guide
Every app belongs to a specific system user. A system user can have one or more apps that belong to it, but one app cannot have more than one system user.
Using either SSH or SFTP, you can log in to your server as a system user to manage that user's apps.
By default, ServerPilot creates the serverpilot system user. Additional system users can be created on ServerPilot's paid plans.
Setting the Password
You can set the serverpilot and other system user passwords through ServerPilot. To change a password, go to an app's settings in ServerPilot and click on the name of the system user.
System User Directory Structure
The home directory of each system user created by ServerPilot is at
When you SSH/SFTP in as a system user, you will already be in this
Under the system user's home directory are additional directories:
apps—each app has its own directory under here.
log—each app has its log files here. If you're looking for more information on errors or bugs in your PHP scripts, you'll find them in this directory.
When you create an app named "APPNAME" under a system user, that app's web root directory (the directory you place its files in) will be:
By default, there will be an index.php file in that directory. You can replace that file with your own.
SSH and SFTP
You can log in to your server via SSH/SFTP as serverpilot or any
other system user you create through ServerPilot.
To log in, use the password you chose for the user.
Once logged in, you can add your SSH key to the user's
~/.ssh/authorized_keys file if you prefer public key
ServerPilot does not configure your server for FTP because it is not secure. We recommend using SSH/SFTP.