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Setup Secure Connection to sftp Server using Public Key Authentication in SAP Cloud Platform Integration

Here, I have how to establish secure SFTP connection using Public Key Authentication for CPI Interfaces which send files to SF SFTP or any third party SFTP.

I have provided the step by step description on what all configurations required from SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI)

Steps to Use Public Key Authentication:

For secure SSH communication a known host file must be deployed in the cloud integration tenant containing the public host key of the sftp server so that the sftp server will be trusted.

  • Step 1: Retrieve User and Public Host Key from sftp Server

For SSH based communication, the cloud integration tenant needs the host key of the sftp server, which must be added to the known hosts file and deployed on the cloud integration tenant in the next step. To do so you can do the connectivity test available in Manage Security Section in Overview and use Copy Host Key option.

Copy the Host key for the SFTP from above screenshot should be deployed in the existing known_hosts file. Deploy the known_hosts file in the Manage Security Material Upload it by Browsing the known_hosts file and deploy it.

  • Step 2: User

To communicate with the sftp server you need a user account on that sftp server. Cloud integration needs the username to connect to the sftp server and user must have sufficient authorization to create/move/delete files on the sftp server.

  • Step 3: Create SSH in Manage KeyStore

To create the SSH Key open the KeyStore available in the Operations View in Web in section Manage Security. Choose Create -> SSH Key to create a key pair for the sftp connectivity.

In the creation dialog select and define the key specific values and define a validity period.

Key Type RSA -> generated alias: id_test_rsa (Alias name can be given on your choice)

Provide CN and Country Region as well.

Create and deploy the SSH Key. Upon Deploy the key pair is generated and the artifact is added to the list of KeyStore artifacts.

  • Step 4: Download Public Key from Keystore Monitor

For public key authentication at the sftp server the public key of the cloud integration tenants private key is needed in the sftp server. Download Public OpenSSH Key will create an <alias>.pub file in the download directory. The file contains the public key in openSSH format, which can be used to be put to the sftp server.

  • Step 5: SSH Connectivity Test

If everything is setup correctly you will get a success message with Check Host Key using Public Key Authentication. For Username give the username who has authorization for SFTP server. Here in example the username is given usrnme_sftp.

Provide the details in SFTP channel:

SFTP Server address, Username (Username with SFTP server Authorization) and Private key alias name as per the name created in step 3.


  • Step 6: End to End Execution 

After the connectivity is setup, you can connect to sftp server using the sftp sender or receiver adapter. In address field provide the SFTP server address, for username provide the username with SFTP server access (e.g. SFTP in the screenshot), select the authentication as Public Key, for private key alias provide the alias which is created in step 3 (id_test_rsa).

After setting up the SFTP Channel in iflow deploy the iflow. Check the file in SFTP server.

Provide the details in SFTP channel for SFTP Server address, Username (Username with SFTP server Authorization) and Private key alias name as per the name created in step 3.

File in SFTP:

More Information:

Set up SFTP Connection



This blog explains how to set up secure SFTP connection between SAP Cloud Platform Integration and SFTP without using user id & password (Basic Authentication), which is more secure to use.

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      Author's profile photo Devendra Sanghavi
      Devendra Sanghavi

      Is it possible to use SFTP without userid and password but only just public/private key with 4.3?

      Author's profile photo Aniket Baba
      Aniket Baba

      Hi Sudipta


      Thanks for this very informative blog. I am trying to connect to one sftp server where the authentication method we want to use is public key. For that vendor has given me a .p12 key pair file which i intent to upload in the keystore, I had few question on this hoping you could clarify them.


      While uploading the .p12 key pair file for creating a new SSH key, what should i give in the below fields:


      1. Alias -. Is this something specific to be provided by vendor or developer can enter this on its own will?
      2. CN(Common Name) - From where can i retrieve this? Is this something specific to be provided by vendor or developer can enter this on its own will
      3. Country/Region ->  To be asked from Vendor?
      4. Validity -> To be asked from Vendor?

      I would really appreciate any guidance here.