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How to access remote linux machine files through SSH from GNOME File browser Nautilus

This is a simple note on how to access remote linux machine files through SSH from GNOME File browser Nautilus. My server is Debian Squeeze and Client is Ubuntu 10.04.

Remote machine configuration

Install the OpenSSH package as shown below.

# apt-get install openssh-server

Local machine configuration

Install the OpenSSH client package as shown below, if not already installed.

$ sudo apt-get install openssh-client

Open GNOME File browser Nautilus and type ssh://<remote-machine> as shown in the below example.
Update: Press Ctrl+L to see the Location bar and then start typing. Thanks to Reddit.
You will be prompted to enter remote machine user name and password. That’s it.

This is a less capable quick alternative to SAMBA or NFS access.

3 comments for “How to access remote linux machine files through SSH from GNOME File browser Nautilus

  1. pete
    June 15, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Correction: do what the image says, not the text! Should be:
    “Open GNOME File browser Nautilus and type sftp:// as shown in…”

    • June 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

      When you type ssh:// it will be converted to sftp://

  2. Karthikeyan A K
    October 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Was looking for a SSH article for long. Thanks!

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