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 2019.10

Secure ShellFish remembers recently listed directories and downloaded files allowing you to access these when offline. When online they will be refreshed as you access them, but to give you the most up-to-date offline experience, data is regularly refreshed in the background.

Using improvements in iOS 13 this now happens when you are not using the device improving battery life.

Long tap URL on Manage screen to get context menu with preview.

Configure Upload File in the Shortcuts app to allow delayed uploads when unable to connect to destination server. Default behaviour is still to fail when server if out of reach as next action might depend on files being uploaded.

Better error reporting when listing directories fail.

Fix bug where duplicating directories in Files app would duplicate each file inside. Now it properly creates a new directory.

Fix bug where original SSH key would refuse to be deleted.

Additional adjustments and fixes.

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.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

j%nml ,

Excellent software!

Very nice! After login credentials are loaded into the app (I only needed to do it once) my files on my web host’s remote server are readily available 24/7 in the files app on my iPhone. Simple, convenient and powerful - and it worked right “out of the box” just as the App Store description says it does.

If you’re looking for an SFTP client that runs on IOS, you have to check this out. I love it.

Slaxx99 ,

Pretty Good Already!

SSH keys - thank you! This works very nicely with iOS Files app. And by NOT providing a redundant file browser within the app itself, I have a lot of confidence the functionality of Files will continue to work very well!

kevingailey ,

Simply magic

A lot of samba and NFS shares are flakey for me. But this. This genius app uses SSH to mount your computer as a location in the built in Files app. It works insanely well. Truly turned my iPad into a PRO machine. A++++++++++


Anders Borum
26.3 MB

Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 Anders Borum
In-App Purchases
  1. Pro Unlock $9.99


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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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