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tds 05-01-2013 11:17 AM

VShell Web Front-End ???
Is anyone aware of a way to create an easy-to-use web front-end for VShell? Asking some users to download and configure an SFTP client is a painful experience.

Thanks in advance.

miked 05-01-2013 11:25 AM

Hello tds,

Are you primarily wanting SFTP functionality through a web browser for some users?

tds 05-01-2013 11:44 AM

Correct. For internal IT folks and external vendors, using WinSCP works fine.

There is a business effort to allow internal (non-IT) and external users to have a common place to temporarily share files. The users need a very user friendly interface. Instead of standing up a new environment, I would like to use my existing VShell SFTP solution if possible.

miked 05-01-2013 12:17 PM

I'm not aware of any web browsers with native support for the SFTP protocol, so at the minimum I think users would need an SFTP plugin for their web browser.

We don't currently offer any browser plug-ins, but I've added your posts to our request database and we'll post a follow up message to this forum thread if we offer this or a similar product in the future. If you'd like to receive email notification, please let us know and refer to forum thread 11006.


The users need a very user friendly interface
At the risk of going off-topic a little, but in the interest of helping you find an immediate and acceptable solution, even with a browser plug-in, users would still need to configure connections: a hostname, username, password. If your particular SFTP client isn't user friendly, you might considerSecureFX. It's easy to install SecureFX and enter the information needed to connect to a server - when first run it asks for the necessary information, then saves it for users as a session so they can just connect to the session afterward.

tds 05-01-2013 03:28 PM

Thanks Mike.

Whatever solution I go with will have to be secure and no matter who the user is, they will at least have to put in a username and password.

I really need something like a web interface that ANYONE can launch, go the URL, enter a username/password and be able to upload/download files.

I also don't want the data hosted in the cloud so many third party solutions are out.

Thanks again.

miked 05-01-2013 04:24 PM


I really need something like a web interface that ANYONE can launch
"Web browser" seems to come the closest to this requirement, but of web browsers don't support SFTP out of the box. I'm also not aware of any web browsers that natively support FTPS. SFTP and FTPS are the two secure file transfer methods VShell supports. If VShell supported HTTPS would that provide a sufficient level of security and ease of use out of the box for you?

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