Dolphin and konqueror are 2 powerful file managers available for the KDE desktop on linux. Both of them support accessing remote file systems over protocols like ftp.
So if you want to access the files on your server over ftp simply type in the location bar the url in the following format:
It will then ask for the password and open the remote file system like a local file system. The user can navigate and work with the files very easily.
1. Use FISH protocol to browse files
Files transferred over Shell protocol (FISH) is a network protocol that uses SSH to transfer files across local and remote systems and manage files on remote systems.
SSH is a protocol to manage remote systems over the terminal. The secure shell allows to run any command on the server as well as manage files. However the ssh command does not directly support transferring files across local and remote systems.
There is a related command called scp that can be used to copy file across the remote and local system from the terminal.
However when it comes to moving files, its a lot easier with a gui interface like a file browser.
So instead of scp, we can right away use FISH protocol inside dolphin and konqueror just like ftp. The url will be like this
It will then ask for the password and will then open the remote file system just like ftp.
Fish stands for File transfer over SSH (File transfer over shell protocol).
And it can be used very much like ftp. For more information read the wikipedia article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Files_transferred_over_shell_protocol
Ftp clients like gftp also support using ssh for file transfer.
By using ssh for both terminal access and file access, you can avoid installing a separate ftp server. Ftp is not secure as it transmits data in plain text format unless using SSL encryption.
2. Use SFTP to browse files
Along with the FISH protocol, the same OpenSSH server provides another great service for file transfer, called SFTP. The usage is same as FISH and it allows for remote file system management just like FTP.
To connect to the server over SFTP just change the protocol of the url
Simple as that.
If the key of the remote server already exists in the ~/.ssh/known_hosts file then dolphin/konqueror might give an error like this
The host key for this server was not found, but another type of key exists. An attacker might change the default server key to confuse your client into thinking the key does not exist. Please contact your system administrator.
To fix this, first remove the key from the known_hosts file using the ssh-keygen command
$ ssh-keygen -R example.com
This will remove the ssh key for example.com that was saved earlier. Now try connecting with sftp and it shall prompt again to save the key file and will work fine.