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

Terminal is build on native text components for better accessibility and performance.

Select filenames in the terminal and Share or Drag these to other apps, not as filenames but as actual files. If the apps support editing files in-place changes are written back to your server.

Access server content 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, Ulysses and many more can work directly on your server.

Secure ShellFish is a premium app that is free to evaluate. You will be able to configure servers, browse folders and download files but to use the terminal or change files on your server the pro unlock is needed. This pro unlock is a monthly subscription or a single permanent in-app purchase.

Once the app is unlocked you can use the terminal, upload or edit files and configure directories to be available for offline access.

Both your iPhone and iPad will benefit as unlock is shared with other devices logged into the same App Store account. Server configurations are shared between devices if you have iCloud keychain enabled.

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

Spin up Digital Ocean droplets on demand right from Secure ShellFish and destroy them again when it is no longer needed.

Secure ShellFish has extensive automation support and almost all file operations can be used from the Shortcuts app.

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

What’s New

Version 2020.47

Terminal would sometimes show half a line at the top of the screen. This no longer happens.

Start Terminal action for Shortcuts app can be configured to reuse existing terminal sessions, such that it switches to a running terminal on the same server instead of always connecting a new session.

Clear terminal with Cmd K on external keyboard.

Check for LC_TERMINAL=ShellFish to identify Secure ShellFish in shell scripts.

Create Directory action in Shortcuts app works again in latest version of iOS.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Peterdhop ,


Does just what it says. I’m so pleased to have sftp in the files app like this.


Anders Borum
48.6 MB

Requires iOS 13.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
In-App Purchases
  1. Lifetime Pro Unlock $42.99
  2. 15-day Trial
  3. Monthly subscription $5.49


  • Family Sharing

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

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