When you add an SFTP card to a flow for the first time, Okta Workflows prompts you to set up a connection for that server. Setting up a connection allows you to connect the flow to your SFTP instance, save the data, and reuse that connection the next time you build a flow with this card.

The SFTP connector supports either password or Secure Shell (SSH) key authentication. A private key is the preferred and more secure method.

See Guidance for SFTP connector.

Create a connection

  1. Click New Connection.

  2. In Connection Nickname enter a nickname for this connection. This is useful if you plan to create multiple connections to share with your team.

  3. In Host, enter the IP or domain address of the SFTP server.

    For example, or

  4. In Port the default value is 22. This value can't be changed.

  5. In Username, enter the username of an SFTP user configured on the server.

  6. Complete one of the following fields:

    • In Password, enter a value for the password configured for the user during SFTP server setup. Leave this field empty if you're using a Private Key.

    • In Private Key, enter a value for the user's private SSH key configured during SFTP server setup. Leave this field empty if you're using a Password.

  7. Click Create.

  8. Click Authorize to grant access to your SFTP data.

Related topics

SFTP connector

Workflow elements

Guidance for SFTP connector