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.


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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