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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 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.

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Recently changed in this version

03.20.2015 Version 7.0. Security update — recompiled this project using the most recent OpenSSL library version, 1.0.2a, which fixes a number of significant vulnerabilities. After updating your copy of SSHelper, to confirm which OpenSSL version you have, initiate an SSHelper shell session and type "ssh -V".

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  • (75 stars)

    by Brian Welch on 03/04/2015

    Working properly

  • (75 stars)

    by Alexx Roche on 22/02/2015

    Works perfectly on android 4.4.2 for rsync and scp. Does NOT need to be rooted. Thank you. I now have it start as soon as connect to home wifi, (so that my server can rsync a backup of my images.)

  • (75 stars)

    by Ben Stokes on 20/02/2015

    It's great! And it's free.

  • (75 stars)

    by Raman Gupta on 15/02/2015

    I have a stock (unrooted) Nexus 5. The server runs correctly. I am able to ssh into the server, as well as use rsync. However, I get the message "PTY allocation request failed on channel 1" and the explanation on the web site doesn't appear to apply to Nexus. Regardless, the ssh connection is established, but commands like uname, ls, and so forth do not work. UPDATE: The developer has explained th

  • (75 stars)

    by Gal Lalouche on 22/01/2015

    Rsync works, setting up RSA keys works just like a normal ssh server. I can't believe it's free!

  • (75 stars)

    by Robert Grasso on 18/01/2015

    classic ssh server, free software (!) which *just* works ! with lots of configuration options ! what a relief, being able to use known and so required tools ! a great thank you to the author !

  • (75 stars)

    by poiščime vmestu on 04/01/2015

    *open source software *based on OpenSSH *feature rich *great documentation/user guide *written by a man that actually helped Space Shuttle fly and Apple at their first steps, sailed the ocean just by himself and photographed grizlies on Alaska... Respect!

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