Set the default storage (i.e: for media files) and the static storage (i.e: for static files) to use the sftp backend:

# django < 4.2
DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE = "storages.backends.sftpstorage.SFTPStorage"
STATICFILES_STORAGE = "storages.backends.sftpstorage.SFTPStorage"

# django >= 4.2
    "default": {"BACKEND": "storages.backends.sftpstorage.SFTPStorage"},
    "staticfiles": {"BACKEND": "storages.backends.sftpstorage.SFTPStorage"},
The hostname where you want the files to be saved.
The root directory on the remote host into which files should be placed. Should work the same way that STATIC_ROOT works for local files. Must include a trailing slash.
A dictionary containing connection parameters to be passed as keyword arguments to paramiko.SSHClient().connect() (do not include hostname here). See paramiko SSHClient.connect() documentation for details

A boolean indicating whether to prompt for a password if the connection cannot be made using keys, and there is not already a password in SFTP_STORAGE_PARAMS. You can set this to True to enable interactive login when running manage.py collectstatic, for example.


DO NOT set SFTP_STORAGE_INTERACTIVE to True if you are using this storage for files being uploaded to your site by users, because you’ll have no way to enter the password when they submit the form..

A bitmask for setting permissions on newly-created files. See Python os.chmod documentation for acceptable values.

A bitmask for setting permissions on newly-created directories. See Python os.chmod documentation for acceptable values.


Hint: if you start the mode number with a 0 you can express it in octal just like you would when doing “chmod 775 myfile” from bash.

UID of the account that should be set as the owner of the files on the remote host. You may have to be root to set this.
GID of the group that should be set on the files on the remote host. You have to be a member of the group to set this.
Absolute path of know host file, if it isn’t set "~/.ssh/known_hosts" will be used.

Standalone Use

If you intend to construct a storage instance not through Django but directly, use the storage instance as a context manager to make sure the underlying SSH connection is closed after use and no longer consumes resources.

from storages.backends.sftpstorage import SFTPStorage

with SFTPStorage(...) as sftp: