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How to use the serial console to connect to an Instance

Reviewed on 18 December 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)

To perform certain actions described below, you must either be the Owner of the Organization in which the actions will be performed, or an IAM user with the necessary permissions.

  • You have an account and are logged into the Scaleway console
  • You have created your SSH key and added it to your account
  • You have created an Instance
  • You have set a password for your Linux user

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.
See also
How to power off an InstanceHow to delete an Instance
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