Secure ShellFish – SSH terminal and SFTP file manager

(App) Secure ShellFish

Secure ShellFish  App Description :

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.

App Features :

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.

Additional Information :

  • Size 48.6 MB
  • Requires iOS 13.4 or later.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

User Reviews :

Time saver

Like the traffic cop in the center of an intersection directing traffic, this app elegantly solves problems moving files between my wired ethernet macOS platform and WiFi connected iOS devices. This app is worth every penny for just the time and effort this eliminates when trying to mimic AirPlay’s functionality moving files between devices. SSH Cloud server connectivity on iOS is just a plus. The user interface also does quite well taming SSH’s many features. Well done!

Added something that’s missing in the native Files app

I’ve tried many SFTP apps on the app store, but they just never had that one thing I needed. Full integration support with the native files app. Right when I opened the app, it was easy to use and getting my server setup. After that the magic happened when I saw it was available for use with the native files app. Such an awesome app. Props to the developer!

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.

Brings the iPad One Step Closer to a Laptop Replacement

The Files app integration alone was superb. The addition of an SSH Terminal, along password manager integration, help keep my laptop on the desk more often. This app allows me to manage various servers wherever I am, even quickly on my iPhone when I’m out. This app feels like a native iOS experience. I hope it continues to set the bar on iOS for years to come.

Sets the bar….

Anders has set the bar for implementation of remote file access using iOS with his two Apps: “Shellfish” and “Working Copy”. Both provide excellent online/offline access to files – each purpose built for a specific protocol (SSH and Git respectively).

These two Apps are now my go-to for full function file access at home and on the move.


Full Featured

It blends a lot of features into one package. The reason for the 5 stars is mainly due to the fact that I reached out with a question to the developers and received an in depth explanation and work around within minutes. Exceptional job and I’m happy to support you with a pro unlock.

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