Sharad Raj

Full Stack Developer
FOSS Enthusiast Linux Geek Final Year Student Open to Opportunities

Accessing files of android from Linux terminal.



In the series related to cool Linux terminal tools, I am here with yet another popular and favourite functionality used mainly by Linux administrators and geeks. The world famous SSH.


According to the manual:

ssh (SSH client) is a program for logging into a remote machine and for executing commands on a remote machine. It is intended to provide secure encrypted communications between two untrusted hosts over an insecure network. X11 connections, arbitrary TCP ports and UNIX-domain sockets can also be forwarded over the secure channel. ssh connects and logs into the specified hostname .

The user must prove his/her identity to the remote machine using one of several methods.


Lets begin with our setup for connecting our android with our Linux environment.

Step 1: Installing the android client app from Playstore

Head over to the official app link : Click here

Step 2 : Open the app after installation

You will see three tabs: LOG, CONFIGURATION & TERMINAL

Click over CONFIGURATION

Now you will see a list stating Application, Current Network Type, Device name and many more.

Now what is important to us is the Server address(assigned), SSH server port number & Server Password.


Before going to next step connect your Laptop or PC with Hot-Spot from your android mobile.

Now after you will see the Server address is changed and it will be something like this:

176.123.12.9

The digits above can differ, so till now if you have accomplished everything you are good to go.

Click on the Server Password row in your app to edit the default password.

Change it to a new password.


Step: 3. Executing command in our terminal

Execute the following command in terminal :

ssh 176.123.12.9 -p 2222

Change 176.123.12.9 with the server address that is shown in your app after connecting Hot-Spot with the PC or laptop and the 2222 with the SSH server port number shown in your app.

Now press enter to execute the command.

If everything is fine you will get something like this:

ssh 176.123.12.9 -p 2222
SSHelper Version 12.5 Copyright 2018, P. Lutus
sharad@176.123.12.9's password:

Now enter the password that you entered in your app in Server Password You will see that your domain name has changed, in my case it shows first my device model name then the new domain :

sharad@ubuntu:~$ ssh 176.123.12.9 -p 2222
SSHelper Version 12.5 Copyright 2018, P. Lutus
sharad@176.123.12.9's password: 
ASUS_X00TD:4.4.78-perf+u0_a482@localhost:~$

Now press ls and then enter to see the memory that you can access.

Usually it is restricted to internal memory but due to some bugs it shows SDCard instead of Internal Storage.


Here is a screenshot of my terminal: SSH I have blurred out my IP and some folders for privacy concerns. Now you can copy,move, delete as usual from command line.


Hope you enjoyed, see you soon !