Secure ShellFish 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 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.
Leveraging the power of the Files app, Secure ShellFish gives users the opportunity to edit files in their favorite apps (Textastic, iA Writer, Pythonista, Ulysses, and more) and have them automatically sync back to a remote server.
Support for the Shortcuts app is extensive and the majority of file-based operations can be automated via shortcuts.
Secure ShellFish is a free download with an in-app purchase removing ads and unlocking pro features. A lifetime unlock costs $19.99 while a monthly option of $3.49 is also available. This allows continually improving the app to support the latest APIs offered by iOS and iPadOS.
A 15-day trial is available so everyone can test Secure ShellFish out to make sure it's the app for them.
Nicer animation in terminal banner ads.
Improvements to keyboard entry on French keyboards.
Duplicating a server inside a group makes the copy start inside the same group.
Ratings and Reviews
UPDATE: Turning off “Recognise Files” solved my issue and all is well now - thank you!!
Just started using this app. When it works, it’s great and it has nice features. Unfortunately it seems to break more than it works however. The UI constantly locks, whether when I’m about to type a new command in the terminal, trying to run a command within vi, or simply pressing the return key in any circumstance - the UI for the app completely locks up (on-screen keyboard included) for 5-10 seconds. At that point, it will either start working again, or the app will crash and I’m back at my iPad Home Screen.
I’d love to see these kinks worked out! Just starting to look for a shell for SSHing into my home server from my iPad and this app seems to have much more potential over the competition in terms of features and usability (I’ve purchased the Pro unlock too).
Developer Response ,
That sounds awful and I would really like to get to the bottom of this.
Can you tell me if disabling “Recognise files” in terminal settings makes a difference?
Very happy to hear that you are now able to use the terminal without it locking. I will investigate why this “Recognise files” option sometimes causes problems and I hope you will be able to enable it soon.
Indispensable work tool, best ssh and files app for iPadOS
Sometimes I get tired and depressed and think Apple will never fully let us realize the potential of iPadOS. But even if they don’t, apps like Secure ShellFish and Anders’ other app Working Copy get us so very close that the iPad truly becomes a server admin and web development dream tool. Indeed, this app is something that Apple would never do for the iPad, and that says a lot about both Apple and the developer of this app.
Anyway – enough bitterness. Secure ShellFish is truly amazing. I use it for hours per day. The ssh experience is second to none, with outstanding tmux support and a super well thought out user interface and user experience. To make things even better, Secure ShellFish also allows remote server access as folders in the Files app. This has a knock on effect of making other development tools like Working Copy and Textastic even more useful than they already were.
The developer is *extremely* responsive to feedback and goes way out of his way to track down bugs and incorporate features based on user input. I’m sure he’s heard enough from me to last him a lifetime, but he’s always super friendly and very accommodating. Top notch customer support, to say the least.
I love you, Secure ShellFish. Never leave me, because I’m never leaving you.
The new champ
I’m a pro who uses Emacs in an iPad SSH client to do my job. I’ve tried ‘em all. Few have the advanced features, stability and predictability I need.
A while back I used Secure Shellfish as an SFTP solution. I revisited it recently and realized the terminal feature has matured to the point of being more consistent, functional and better designed than any competitors in the store. This app opens up so many ways of working that it immediately took the top spot as my primary professional tool.
While other pro SSH tools are a bit more configurable (such as with the ability to arbitrarily map any key), Secure Shellfish has amazing out-of-the-box defaults. It also has the best app icon! I’m blown away.
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The developer does not collect any data from this app.
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- Anders Borum
- 69.7 MB
- Developer Tools
- Requires iOS 14.2 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 14.2 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 14.2 or later.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2019 Anders Borum
- In-App Purchases
- ShellFish Lifetime Pro Unlock $19.99
- ShellFish 15-day Trial $0.00
- ShellFish Monthly subscription $3.49
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.