Is there a Linux or multiplatform software with GUI that allows you to browse and download files from a server behind a SSH tunnel (this is a winscp example)?

   |                                         |
   +------------WinSCP alternative-----------+


To clarify, there are 3 systems involved. A local one (client) and 2 remote:

  • The first one, which I called gateway is accessible via ssh from the internet. But it doesn't have the files I want.
  • The second one, which I called target_host is accessible from gateway but not directly from the Internet

I want to graphically browse the target_host, and I have done so using WinSCP, that allows me to establish a ssh tunnel to gateway and then connect to target_host.


I don't think it's very common for file transfer software to address this use case, so it's interesting that WinSCP has it. Unless someone else knows of other software that does this, you'll probably have to do the tunnel setup yourself. This should help:

An SSH tunnel via multiple hops


Take a look at SecureFX. Assuming you are running locally, and needing to copy files from remote server A to remote server B, it may require a daisy chain of downloading to your local computer and then uploading to the second server... but the tabbed interface allowing multiple connections simultaneously may help speed things up for you.

  • My problem is that I cannot connect directly to the second server, I can only reach it through the first one. – xabitrigo Jun 11 '14 at 23:51

I was not able to comment (not +50 yet) so here's a response. I am not sure I understand your question either. It sounds like you want a GUI to be able to copy files back and forth with the destination server accessed via ssh.

winscp and filezilla client both work fine for windows. Since you are looking for multi-platform and winscp does not work on windows, I would say go with filezilla client. By default it will use ftp port 21. Just enter port 22 and it will use sftp/scp

I'm guessing I misundestand your question too, but that is what it sounds like you're asking (?)

  • I'll update the question :) – xabitrigo Jun 11 '14 at 23:40
  • 1
    Oh dang :) Okay if I had read it more closely and looked more closely at your link, I think I would have gotten it. Okay yeah, filezilla does not do tunneling. I haven't done anything like this before. However, I have just been looking at ssh tunneling and found a link on superuser which shows how to set up ssh tunnel. From there perhaps you can use filezilla after you've set up your ssh tunnel? – ben Jun 12 '14 at 0:21
  • Link: [link]superuser.com/questions/62303/… – ben Jun 12 '14 at 0:22

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.