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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 an HTTP server showing an activity log available to machines on your local network.

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

08.15.2014 Version 6.4. Updated to the most recent OpenSSL version (1.01i) for security purposes.

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Comments and ratings for SSHelper
  • (74 stars)

    by Mihail M on 25/07/2014

    Serves exactly what it aims. Very good.

  • (74 stars)

    by Andreas Rosander on 10/07/2014

    And the programmer has a fantastic philosophy!

  • (74 stars)

    by Vivek Ram on 07/06/2014

    Love this app! This seems to be the only fully open-source SSH server available. I am currenlty using it for backups with BackupPC. To Developer: Thanks for this great app! I have a feature request: When I execute "ssh -l root " I am not not logged in as root but as the app user id instead. I have to run "su" after the shell comes up. Is there a way to login as root using the "-l root" parameter

  • (74 stars)

    by Steven Jackson on 20/05/2014

    awsome must have app

  • (74 stars)

    by Faheem Pervez on 13/05/2014

    Great, finally a good, robust SSH server application (+ more) that has (*gasp*) publically accessible source, no fees for basic features and a really detailed help page. Thank you.

  • (74 stars)

    by Keith Karnafel on 10/05/2014

    If I could give this app more stars I would. Works great to copy files back and forth from phone and desktop.

  • (74 stars)

    by C. Conrad Cady on 26/04/2014

    I wanted to find a way to periodically sync a large set of files from my computer to my phone. SSHelper's built-in rsync worked perfectly for me. My previous solution required me to tether the phone or remove the SD card, but with SSHelper, I can now use the phone at the same time.