Easy network file management over SSH in Ubuntu

In my opinion, one of Ubuntu’s strongest tools is nautilus’ (the GNOME file manager’s) strong integration with remote files, such as those located on remote FTP, SFTP, WebDav, etc.

While Windows has integration, it’s severely limited and really only supports drag-and-drop copying/pasting and open-in-place documents. Compared to nautilus’ ability to edit-in-place and supporting full file operations, Ubuntu really gives the web developer a strong and convenient set of tools that Windows can’t provide without third-party software.

In the following steps I’ll explain how to connect to an SFTP (SSH) server via nautilus’ built-in networking functions.

Step One

Open Places > Network

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Step Two

Select SSH and enter your connection details

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In this step, you can check “Add Bookmark” and enter a bookmark name. Your bookmark will be added to the “Places” menu for one-click access to your network location!

Step Three

Enter your password when prompted.

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Step Four

Browse and enjoy!

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Questions, comments, and feedback are welcome and appreciated!



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