Secure ShellFish brings SSH to your iPhone and iPad and remote file transfers to the Files app, all in a convenient and easy to use package.

Lightning fast, Secure ShellFish helps you access remote servers and do whatever you need to do – whether that's edit a configuration file or kick off a complete system backup. Even upload files right from your iPhone and iPad – all using the familiar interface of the Files app.

Leveraging the power of the Files app, Secure ShellFish gives users the opportunity to edit files in their favorite apps (Textastic, iA Writer, Pythonista, Ulysses, and more) and have them automatically sync back to a remote server.

Support for the Shortcuts app is extensive and the majority of file-based operations can be automated via shortcuts.

Secure ShellFish is a free download with an in-app purchase unlocking the full functionality. A lifetime unlock costs $19.99 while a monthly option of $3.49 is also available. This allows continually improving the app to support the latest APIs offered by iOS and iPadOS.

A 15-day trial is available so everyone can test Secure ShellFish out to make sure it's the app for them.

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What’s New

Version 2021.40

Do port forwarding between your iOS device and server. This is configured inside terminal settings and synced between devices if iCloud KeyChain is enabled. Changes made to port forwards from the settings of a running terminal are reflected immediately.

You can also enable Dynamic Port Forwarding that looks for localhost:port mentions in the terminal. As you interact by tapping or dragging these mentions a forward from your device to the server is created on-demand. This is ideal when connecting to test services running locally on your server.

Shift+Tab in terminal transmits backwards tabulator used by some shells to cycle back in command completions.

Snippets support inserting escape characters.

Tapping listing errors in the Files app shows why listing failed.

Fix selection of tmux sessions on iOS 15.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Romans B ,


Took a fantastic app and made it twice as useful with the addition of the SSH option.

nickname32854 ,

My preferred terminal app

Constantly improving, the developer is very responsive to support requests. I’ve tried a bunch of other terminal apps, but the files and tmux support make this my go to terminal app.

yoink ,

Wonderful SSH iOS Application

Overall I’m pretty happy with this SSH client. I love SFTP integration and overall setup and use is very good.

Most importantly - this app has seen regular, meaningful updates and has an incredibly kind, supportive engineer at the helm.

Love the new grouping function for large/long lists of hosts.

Lifetime unlock at $35 seems steep until you compare it to other apps on the iOS platform. Definitely happy with this purchase - it’s been worth every penny.

If I had one wish it would be that SFTP could also download files from the remote, instead of just uploading, but hey, that’s a tiny complaint about a truly wonderful, useful app.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the kind words.

I’m not sure what you mean by SFTP working in both directions. Do you mean that the server has access to files on the device like iOS has access to files on the server?

App Privacy

The developer, Anders Borum, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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