SSH File Transfer

SSH File Transfer functionality allows you to securely transfer files to a remote host over an encrypted tunnel using either SFTP or SCP.


  • SSH File Transfer requires an SSH service to listen on an available network port (default 22) on a remote host.
  • A username and password must be supplied to connect with the remote host.
  • The remote host must have a writeable folder on its filesystem to place the transferred files.

Configuration Options

  • Host - The remote host you connect to. Can be DNS name or IP address.
  • Port - Remote network port listening for SSH/SFTP/SCP traffic.
  • User - Username for account to log on to remote host.
  • Password - Password for account to log on to remote host.
  • Protocol - Choice of SCP or SFTP protocol used for communication.
  • Local File - Path of file to transfer from local host.
  • Remote File - Path where file will be transferred on remote host. (e.g. “/home/John/Documents”)

Using SSH File Transfer

Begin by going to Tools ‣ SSH File Transfer.

The tool will open a new panel inside mRemoteNG which allows you to configure some options for the SSH File Transfer. Each option is needed in order to complete a file transfer over SSH.


Main SSH File Transfer panel

  • To populate the Local File option, select the Browse button and navigate to the desired file on the local filesystem.
  • To populate the Remote File option, manually type desired filesystem path, including the desired file name.

Once all options are populated, select Transfer and the progress bar at the bottom of the window will show the progress of the transfer.

Troubleshooting SSH File Transfer

To troubleshoot issues with SSH File Transfer, consult the log under %AppData%\mRemoteNG\mRemoteNG.log. This log provides verbose information about successful and failed connections.

Common Issues

ERROR - Please fill all fields
This issue was likely encountered because you did not provide all information needed to establish the connection.
ERROR- SSH background transfer failed!
This issue was likely encountered due to a permissions issue. Ensure you have appropriate access to write to the specified Remote File.
System.Net.Sockets.SocketException (0x80004005): No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it
This issue was likely encountered because the local host could not contact the remote host specified on the remote port specified. The issue may be caused by improperly configured firewall rules or a SSH service not listening properly on the remote host.