How to connect/transfer files over ssh using Nautilus(file manager)

So, I am at home now a days for winter break and earlier today I was trying to transfer some Music videos I had on my Laptop to the home computer. I usually do that using scp but this time the data was pretty selective and hence writing a single command wasn’t that comforting. I was wondering if I could find something like winscp(on windows), using which I can easily make the transfer by visually selecting the files. While I was searching for it in the repos, I never realized how I have been under-estimating nautilus all this time.

Not many know that we can use nautilus to access shares over network - NFS, Samba, ftp, ssh etc. I was aware of the others, but didn't know it even supported ssh. Lets see how we can use nautilus to connect to a ssh server.

1) Open Nautilus (file manager), go to File->connect to server and select ssh.

2) Fill in the required info and click connect.

3) The session will be shown mounted as a sftp connection.

For those(like me) who didn’t know that nautilus could be used to access shares over network, we have got to stop thinking nautilus as a linux version of Window’s file manager. Nautilus is way better than it. Working with ssh is just the tip of the iceberg, its way more powerful.

2 Comments

CMD (not verified)
December 11th, 2010 10:30 pm
Nice howto, but I think it'd be less confusing to new users if your screenshots used a default/standard theme rather than an OSX-lookalike! :D
December 11th, 2010 11:16 pm

Point taken and fixed :)

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