Secure ShellFish is an app that 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 your 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.

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

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

Secure ShellFish is a free download with an in-app purchase unlocking the full functionality on offer. A lifetime unlock costs $26.99 while a monthly option of $2.99 is also available. This allows us to continually improve the app and support the very latest tools and APIs offered by iOS and iPadOS each year.

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 2021.8

Fit a few extra lines of terminal on your screen by hiding the toolbar by tapping the current tab. It will be remembered whether toolbar is shown or not.

When hidden it can be temporarily shown by tapping at the top of the terminal or by moving the pointer to the top if you are using a mouse or trackpad. When shown this way it will overlap the terminal to avoid changing the number of rows and hide itself when you type or move the pointer back down.

Tap the current tab again to switch back to permanently showing toolbar.

Shell integration improved to tell Secure ShellFish of changes to current directory in zsh. You need to tap Install from the Shell Integration screen in settings for this to update.

The tmux session picker is able to attach to multiple sessions making each into a tab. Enter selection mode, pick a number of sessions and tap Attach.

Support for rendering large images as Sixel or with imgcat.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Niels Castle ,

A better iPad...

I hold Secure ShellFish specifically accountable for making every aspect of using an iPad 10% more productive. Awesome.

App Privacy

The developer, Anders Borum, has 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 based on, for example, 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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