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How to use the serial console to connect to an Instance

Reviewed on 16 June 2023Published on 25 February 2022

This page shows how to connect to your Scaleway Instance from the Scaleway console using the serial console (TTY, from TeleTYpewriter). It provides a way to connect to your Instance for debugging or if it loses its network connectivity. The serial console remains available even if you can not reach your Instance over the Internet.

Security & Identity (IAM):

You may need certain IAM permissions to carry out some actions described on this page. This means:

  • you are the Owner of the Scaleway Organization in which the actions will be carried out, or
  • you are an IAM user of the Organization, with a policy granting you the necessary permission sets

How to use the serial console (TTY)


You have to connect to your Instance using SSH and define a user password before connecting to your Instance using the serial console.

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.
  2. Click the Instance you want to connect to.
  3. Click Console on the Instance Information page. The serial console (TTY) displays in a popup.
  4. Login using your Linux user and password. You can now run all Linux commands like in an SSH shell.
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