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 2019.3

Faster and more robust refresh of directories in Files app.

Rename from Manage screen by tapping the title filename. This allows changing the file extension which cannot be done from the Files app itself.

Toggle which servers are enabled from the main app. Disabled servers are hidden from the Files app and never sync between device and server.

The enabled status of servers isn't shared between devices logged into the same iCloud account allowing you to have some servers appear only on some devices.

When picking the starting directory for a server the hierarchy outside home directory is shown.

Smaller fixes and improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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!

cdransf ,

Incredibly useful

Delightfully simple yet powerful. The functionality this enables on iOS is amazing. I'll buy any app this dev makes instantly.

cpragman ,

SSH key files - awesome!

Works as-advertised. Also generates a private SSH key on-device, and helps you upload the public key to your server.

I would like to be able to use an encrypted RSA key (unlocked with TouchID) like allows, but that doesn’t seem possible yet, but maybe in the future.

The developer has been very responsive!

Developer Response ,

I'm working on adding password/passphrase prompts at time of usage. This is a little bit complicated because you are not inside the app itself when connections open, but it will come soon.


Anders Borum
19.3 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 $9.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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