Use SFTP with file explorer: connect to an SFTP server using the file explorer

SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is a secure way to transfer files over the internet. It uses the SSH protocol to provide secure file transfers. In Ubuntu, you can use the file explorer (Nautilus) to connect to an SFTP server. In this post, we will show you how to connect to an SFTP server using the file explorer.

To connect to an SFTP server using the file explorer, follow these steps:

  1. Open the file explorer (Nautilus) on your Ubuntu machine.
  2. Click on “File” in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Select “Connect to Server” from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the “Server Address” field, enter the following:
sftp://[email protected]

Replace “username” with your SFTP username and “hostname” with the server’s hostname or IP address.

For example, if your SFTP username is “root” and the server’s IP address is “”, the “Server Address” field would be:

sftp://[email protected]
  1. Click the “Connect” button.
  2. If this is your first time connecting to the SFTP server, you may be prompted to accept the server’s SSH key. Click “Connect” to continue.
  3. Enter your SFTP password when prompted. You should now be connected to the SFTP server and can browse its contents using the file explorer.

Connecting to an SFTP server using the file explorer is a convenient way to transfer files securely over the internet. You can use this method to quickly and easily access files on remote servers and transfer files back and forth. By following these simple steps, you can securely connect to an SFTP server from your Ubuntu machine using the file explorer.