SSHelper

SSHelper


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 http://arachnoid.com/android/SSHelper -- visit for more information and configuration tips.

Recent changes:
02.15.2015 Version 6.9. Solved the Android 5.0 position-independent executable problem by providing two binaries, one for Android versions ≥ 5.0, which require that executables be position-independent, and versions < 4.1, which require that executables not have this feature. The installer decides which binary to use based on the Android version number.
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About SSHelper
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 http://arachnoid.com/android/SSHelper -- visit for more information and configuration tips.

Recent changes:
02.15.2015 Version 6.9. Solved the Android 5.0 position-independent executable problem by providing two binaries, one for Android versions ≥ 5.0, which require that executables be position-independent, and versions < 4.1, which require that executables not have this feature. The installer decides which binary to use based on the Android version number.

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A Google User
Feb 22, 2015
Goofy icon, great app! 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.)
A Google User
Feb 20, 2015
Excellent! It's great! And it's free.
A Google User
Feb 15, 2015
Shell pty allocation failed, utilities like ls and uname unavailable 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 that unrooted updated androids can no longer do interactive shell sessions. Assuming this is true, this is not the developer's fault, therefore I'm updating my rating to indicate that everything that can work, does work.
A Google User
Jan 22, 2015
Absolutely awesome Rsync works, setting up RSA keys works just like a normal ssh server. I can't believe it's free!
A Google User
Jan 21, 2015
Listening on WiFi Hotspot interface ? I recently discovered an app (Solid Explorer) can run FTP service on Wifi Hotspot interface, another phone can read/write data on server through tethering. Is it possible SSHelper can introduce similar Phone-to-Phone features ?