Secure ShellFish is a SSH and SFTP file manager that works well with other apps.

Setup new servers inside Secure ShellFish itself and access files on these servers in the Files app and other apps supporting the document browser or document picker. Applications that can open files or directories in-place such as Textastic, iA Writer, Pythonista and many more can work directly on your server.

Files are downloaded on demand and uploaded when there are changes. In case of networking errors the uploads will be attempted later when you get back online.

Secure ShellFish is a premium app that is free to evaluate. You will be able to configure servers and try out the main features of the app before paying, but every once in a while you will need to extend your evalution. When you are certain you like the app you unlock permanently with a one time in-app purchase.

Once the app is unlocked you can configure files or directories to be available for offline access. The app will download these things beforehand and keep the local copy and remote copy in sync.

Both your iPhone and iPad will get SFTP capabilities. Unlock is shared with other devices logged into the same App Store account and server configurations are shared between devices if you have iCloud keychain enabled.

Access files on your Mac by enabling "Remote Access" inside Sharing preferences. If you local network supports Bonjour the Mac appears automatically making first connect easy.

The app works with Synology and other NAS solutions for fast file access at home or the office even when Internet is lacking.

What’s New

Version 2019.7

Automate your SFTP file operations with the Shortcuts app on iOS 13.

You will be able to use actions to:
Create directories,
Delete files or directories,
Download files,
List directories,
Move or Rename files &
Upload files.

Locate these actions in the Shortcuts app on iOS 13 inside Apps > ShellFish. Tap (i) for tips on how to use the actions. The actions that make changes on the server require the Pro unlock.

These actions are able to take input from other actions, such that you can pass text, photos or files to the Upload action. When Downloading files or Listing directories the actions produce output that can be used by other parts of the shortcut.

This makes entirely new things possible right from your mobile device and is a joy to configure.

Secure ShellFish in the Files app is useful even when servers are out of reach, letting you work on previously downladed files as needed and uploading changes later.

These Shortcuts actions work differently always doing work on the server immediately or failing if not possible. The downside is that actions only work when servers are in reach, but the upside is immediate feedback when something goes wrong.

Support for the system wide dark apparance on iOS 13.

Additional smaller adjustments and fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

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Anders Borum
25.6 MB

Requires iOS 12.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 Anders Borum
In-App Purchases
  1. Pro Unlock 89,00 kr


  • Family Sharing

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

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