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 2021.15

More efficient memory usage in Files app allowing directories with thousands of files to list correctly.

Command Left and Right on external keyboard switches between terminal tabs.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Sean.Reilly ,

Fantastic utility

This has got to be the most seamless way to access remote files. Now all apps have access to the files and folders on my servers and other computers as if I were using a Mac. It's a small app that multiplies the functionality of my iPhone and iPad.

unfinitydesign ,

So Useful

I have been using this during the beta and it just works flawlessly. Especially, the integration via file/dir opening in Textastic is idiot proof and makes a workflow of editing remote files super easy — what more could you want!? Thanks for the amazing app!

Tutis_o ,

More reliable than OneDrive

If like me you’re frustrated with the iOS client for OneDrive then use secure shellfish to connect to your desktop where you have the full fat OneDrive client. Shellfish will cache files locally on your phone. Done.

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 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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