SSH Files – Secure ShellFish 4+

Terminal & SFTP

Anders Borum

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Finally Secure ShellFish is available on the Mac bringing seamless access to SSH servers to your most used computer.

Server files are available in the ShellFish location of the Finder and available as part of the filesystem anywhere on the Mac.

First class tmux support is particularly useful on the Mac. Never worry about losing the network connection and handoff sessions between iPhone, iPad and Mac. It feels like magic.

Send notifications and update widgets from the terminal. This will work from any terminal even from cron jobs once Shell Integration has been installed.

Servers are synced between iPhone, iPad and Mac using iCloud Keychain for ideal convenience and security.

The rich Shortcuts support has also been brought to the Mac making it easy to work with files on your servers from shortcuts.

Secure ShellFish is useful as a free app and paying pro users can disable ads in the terminal, upload through the Finder and configure unlimited number of servers. You payment is shared between Mac, iPhone and iPad.

What’s New

Version 2023.26

Terminal connection that open slowly can be cancelled.

Exif thumbnails shown in Finder respect image orientation.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

scottaw66 ,

Indispensable, best ssh and remote files app for iPadOS

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.

Developer Response ,

Thank you ☺️

jeeves78 ,

Awesome app

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.

NeoYokel ,

Magical, irreplaceable.

As developer Anders Borum originated professional-grade git integration on iOS with Working Copy, which remains unmatched, Secure Shellfish remains the reference standard for remote filesystem access across the board on this platform, despite how many competitors have arisen since its introduction.

I must admit: I overlooked Secure Shellfish for years and I'm not entirely sure why. I'm glad that ended last year, though, as I've actually since acquired a fair amount of remote file management in my day-to-day working life. Shellfish's magic isn't necessarily obvious, but I promise you it is worth finding out, and what may at first glance look like a somewhat disjointed series of functions actually comes together to form an absolutely irreplaceable application.

In-App Purchases

ShellFish Lifetime Pro Unlock
Access to all pro features.

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