Pods can also use permanent file stores, called volumes. Volumes live outside your pod and persist across updates and configuration changes. E.g. a photo app will usually keep the pictures you upload in such a volume. This has the benefit that you can easily upload or download those files.
SFTP is a way to securely access remote files. It’s similar to FTP, but uses encryption. To access your pod’s files, first enable SFTP in the pod’s settings on the Pod Settings > SFTP tab. This will display the hostname, username and password to use.
Then use any SFTP client to connect to the displayed hostname. Some popular SFTP clients:
- WinSCP: free, Windows
- Cyberduck: free, macOS
- Rclone: free, Unix command line, good for larger transfers
- OpenSSH SFTP: free, Unix command line, included with OpenSSH
To connect to a pod, you need the following details, which will be displayed in the SFTP tab of your pod:
- Hostname: This is the
.pikapod.netdomain of your pod. E.g.
- Port: This is always 22, which is the default port for SFTP
- Username: Usually something like
- Password: A randomly generated password
The first time you may be prompted to verify the server signature. So you can be certain to connect to the correct server in the future.
Also note that you can only write to subfolders, like
music that you may see. You can not add files in the top folder, since those wouldn’t be accessible in your pod.
Files starting with a dot (like
.config) may be hidden in your SFTP client. If you don’t see any files, try changing the setting to show hidden files.