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About this app

SSHelper is an advanced, multi-protocol, secure server for the Android platform.

SSHelper works just fine with a normal, unrooted Android device — i.e. your device. It also offers special features on rooted devices.

SSHelper works as an application and as a service. As a service it runs in the background, providing secure communications protocols without requiring user attention.

SSHelper supports interactive Secure Shell (hereafter SSH) sessions and various kinds of transfers including scp, sftp, and rsync, on all common platforms:

On Windows, SSHelper works with WinSCP, PuTTY and similar programs.

On Linux, apart from normal SSH shell session activities, SSHelper can be used directly with file browsers for seamless filesystem browsing and transfers by specifying the "sftp:" protocol.

On the Mac, SSHelper works with Cyberduck and similar programs.

SSHelper versions >= 7.8 accepts any network type that Android recognizes -- it's no longer limited to wireless networks.

SSHelper announces itself on your network by way of Zeroconf/Bonjour, an efficient way to configure a local network.

SSHelper includes a log monitor Web server showing an activity log on local network browsers.

SSHelper also includes a clipboard Web server that permits read/write access to the Android clipboard from local network browsers.

SSHelper is free, open-source and there are no ads. It's licensed under the GPL and the source is freely available.

The SSHelper Home Page is located at -- visit for more information and configuration tips.
Updated on
Aug 26, 2020

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Ratings and reviews

1K reviews
A Google user
August 31, 2019
I use SSHelper primarily to transfer files to and from my unrooted phones over SFTP and SSHFS, both of which work smoothly. Most phones mount the internal storage on /storage/emulated/0, which isn't traversable on unrooted devices but fortunately still accessible. The app itself is very easy to set up. Everything you can configure is in the Configuration tab. However, the terminal tab is useless. The soft keyboard will close after pressing a single character for some reason.
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Gary Paduana
August 9, 2021
amazing app, thank you for making it. it no longer works on my pixel 2. it says the server is running but I can no longer connect to it. I'm guessing it has to do with my Android version. that's really unfortunate as this was an incredible way to sync my phone to my backup server. thank you for making it.
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A Google user
April 2, 2020
Fantastic tool. Worked flawlessly for a couple of years. I'm not sure what happened, but I can no longer connect to my Blackberry Key2 LE. Because my phone is a bit of an edge case, I'm assuming its some sort of security "feature". I will miss using this.
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Paul Lutus
August 28, 2020
Sorry! Please visit to acquire an earlier version that will work with your device.

What's new

Sorry -- this app cannot be updated to full compliance with Android 10 (API 29) (but it works correctly with Android 10). This means SSHelper will disappear from Google Play within 60 days at most. Please visit the SSHelper Home Page ( for full details and future updates.