With Codeanywhere, you can connect your existing SFTP/SSH server!

Adding an existing SSH

Go to File -> New Connection -> SFTP-SSH.


After selecting it, Add SSH window appears where you enter server information and add that server to your Project for quick and easy access.

  • Server name - the name which will be shown in File Explorer, it is user definable, meaning you can name your server however you want
  • Hostname - the hostname or IP address of your server (example: ssh.mywebsite.com)
  • Username - username of your SSH/SFTP server
  • Password - password of your SSH/SFTP server
  • Authentication - use different type of authentication: Password, Public Key, Private Key
  • Initial dir - set path
  • Timeout - default: 20
  • Port - default: 22


Your SFTP-SSH server will be automatically added to the File Explorer with an SSH icon. If you right-click on any server listed, it will expand a menu offering more options: Rename, Permissions, Refresh, Create File, Create Folder, Upload, Share, Remove and Settings – where you can change your credentials.

Local SSH or SFTP

Codeanywhere uses its file services in the cloud that are used for making connections. Behind the scenes it looks something like this:

Codeanywhere Web or mobile app ----> Codeanywhere API ----> Codeanywhere File Service ----> Your SFTP-SSH Server

If your server is in your local network, the only way you could connect to your server from Codeanywhere is that you use port forwarding on your router to your local SSH server. The other problem that could come in your case is your router's public IP. If your internet provider does not provide you a static IP, then you would also need to use some of DDNS services.

Server response

While working with FileZilla you are directly connected from local computer to your server, on the other hand the Codeanywhere is acting as a "middle man" between user and SFTP-SSH - any action done by user is firstly processed at our server and then sent to the your server. Same thing works in opposite direction, server sends response to Codeanywhere and then Codeanywhere forwards the response back to user. Also, the speed of the server response depends on the server location. If your server is located it America, the response will be faster, but if it's located in China it will be slower. We do plan to expand our server coverage around the world for faster connections!

IP whitelist

While performing actions using Codeanywhere, the requests are sent from our app to your server. You must make sure that your server is reachable from the following IP addresses:


If you have no administration rights on the server, please ask your administrator to whitelist these IP’s.