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This plugins uses the extends CodeLite functionality to provide remote access to remote machines. When this plugin is enabled, you get a new tab in the workspace view named SFTP which provides an Explorer like view to a remote file system on a remote machine.

To browse the remote machine file system you first need to define an SSH account.

Installing SSH Tools on Windows

On Windows 10 and later, install OpenSSH tools as described here

Uploading keys to remote machines

To generate a public key which allows you to access a remote machine without typing a password, run this from a terminal and follow the instructions (usually clicking ENTER do the trick):

ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "YOUR@EMAIL.COM"

The above will generate 2 files for you:



Under Windows, these files are placed under %USERPROFILE%\.ssh

Copy the content of the file and append it to the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the remote machine

A one liner to do this

  • Open a terminal and ssh into the remote machine
  • Type this from the terminal (replacing content goes here with the actual content):
echo " content goes here" >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

SSH accounts

Now that you have created a key to access to the remote machine, its time to define an account in CodeLite.

From the main menu bar, open the account manager dialog:

  • Plugins -> SFTP -> Open SSH account manager
  • Click on the Add button
  • Fill the following fields:

SSH account dialog

Field name Description Mandatory
Account Name Give the account a meaningful name
Host / IP Remote machine IP or DNS
Port SSH server port, most ssh servers are accepting connections on port 22
Username Login user name on the remote machine
Password When login using password based access, this will be the password
Default folder Set a default folder for the account
  • Finally, click the Test connection button to test your account

The SFTP Explorer view

In addition for defining new SSH accounts in CodeLite, the SFTP plugin offers a tree view to a remote machine

  • In the workspace pane, select the SFTP tab (if its not there, you can check under the Hidden tabs menu)
  • Click on the Connect tool button

  • In the dialog that shown:
    • Check the option connect to an existing account
    • Select the account from the drop down list

You should now be able to browse files on the remote machine

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