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SSHFSAndroid is SSHFS (SSH FileSystem) for Android devices. It allows you to mount directories from any SSH server to your Android device. Whenever a remote filesystem is mounted, its files will appear as if they are stored locally on your Android device.

Have a media collection that just won't fit on your phone?
Mount and stream it with SSHFSAndroid!

Sorry for the long, long wait, everyone – SSHFSAndroid now (experimentally) supports Android 4.2+!

This is an *ALPHA* release. SSHFSAndroid is a personal side project of mine, not my day job. As such, I am unable to do $X hours of testing on $Y number of different devices. As much as I would like to, I cannot guarantee perfection. Please rate with all of this in mind. If you encounter issues, please send me an email before rating negatively. Thanks! :)

- busybox (with symlinks)
- su (root)
- FUSE support (in-kernel or fuse.ko module)

Note: The stock kernels in Android versions >= ICS should have in-kernel FUSE by default. If you are using a custom kernel, you might not!



Q: Why can't my media player find the files I've mounted with SSHFSAndroid?
A: Android's media scanner will not scan remote filesystem mounts. Try using a file-based player that does not rely on Android's media scanner.

Q: Can I use public key authentication? I can't get it to work.
A: Public key authentication is supported ("Advanced Options" > "IdentityFile"). However, your key file must not be password-protected and your public key must be copied to your server (typically via ssh-copy-id) beforehand.

Q: How do I use option $X in "Advanced Options"?
A: Check man pages for ssh and sshfs for documentation.

Q: Why doesn't option $X in "Advanced Options" work?
A: Sorry, but I (probably) don't know. SSHFS has a ton of options; too many for me to test. A lot of options aren't even relevant on Android devices. The advanced options were only included out of posterity and are predominantly untested.

Q: My server listens on a port other than 22. How do I configure that?
A: "Advanced Options" > "Port". Easy!

Q: If not /mnt/sdcard, where should I be mounting to?
A: Mounting under /system seems to be the most stable. I suggest something like: /system/sshfs/mount_point_here

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Recently changed in this version

Version 1.1a (2013-12-12)
* Automatic mount point creation
* Changelog dialog
* Duplicate option
* Experimental Android 4.2+ support
* Improved mount detection
* Relaxed licensing policy
* UI overhaul
* Various bug fixes

Important: Mounting to /mnt/sdcard (or any of the emulated sdcard paths) under Android 4.2 and up is highly experimental. There is a good chance doing so may hang your device!

Comments and ratings for SSHFSAndroid
  • (61 stars)

    by Trevor Hayes on 15/05/2014

    Hi, So I am trying to setup the below SSHFS app for Android on my phone: If anyone can contact me on google plus to tell me what to do I will paypal u $100 The dev has not responded to my emails and provides next to no instructions... Here is what I hav

  • (61 stars)

    by Nathan Stanley on 10/05/2014

    The only solution I've found to mounting remote data sources directly into Android's local file system. And extremely EASY to get going. As long as your server has ssh installed you are ready to go. Works via internet as well as local network. Worth. Ever

  • (61 stars)

    by Володимир Шацький on 22/04/2014

    Works as advertised. Needed to disable ChallengeResponseAuthentication to be able to login, though. There is no Save button, which is a little confusing, and it's not obvious how to edit a connection (you have to press and hold)

  • (61 stars)

    by Nathan Dick on 31/03/2014

    Took a bit of work. Doesn't like my Moto X's SDCard. And the F2FS filesystem on it is a pain to work with. I have to set permissions for the folders I create in root to 777. Also, the folders I create are reset on reboot. Maybe I'll set up a /etc/init.d s

  • (61 stars)

    by Daniel Thompson on 27/03/2014

    It's a scam, as it doesn't work. Just flips back to "not mounted". No error. I can connect to this server from other devices just fine.

  • (61 stars)

    by Michael Stief on 26/03/2014

    "Error: Could not connect to server." is not a helpful debug message. Where is the problem? Wrong hostname, port, ssh-key? Can't get it working to connect to my server. And 15 minutes isn't enough time to check all possibilities with such a useless error

  • (61 stars)

    by Steve Sutton on 22/03/2014

    I tried to connect to a couple of servers, and it failed every time. No log/diagnostic information on the failure to mount was given, so i cannot figure out what i need to do to fix the problem.