I use LXDE, whose file manager - pcmanfm - supports SFTP, but does not keep an open session, so when I want to drill down to a directory I have to wait repeatedly for connection establishment.

I would like to have something like WinSCP on Windows - an application which maintains an open SSH/SFTP session. Obviously, the sftp utility can do this when I'm on the command-line - but I want to be able to do this in a GUI environment.


  • Desirable feature: TCP keepalives and/or no-effect commands for the connection to stay up.
  • Desirable feature: File and directory drag-and-drop support.
  • desktop-environment-specific solutions are appreciated and perhaps even preferred because of their integration with the rest of the UI; specifically, KDE- and LXDE-specific apps/utilities/UI components.
  • Would a text-mode UI do? I'm using Midnight Commander, which deals with this using FISH.
    – Izzy
    Jan 2, 2016 at 21:06
  • @Izzy: No... I like mc, but not for this purpose.
    – einpoklum
    Jan 2, 2016 at 22:06
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    Have you looked at Filezilla? Jan 3, 2016 at 0:31
  • @DarwinvonCorax I was going to suggest Filezilla too, but it doesn't supports keep alives for SFTP. It does for plain FTP and FTPS, though.
    – Alejandro
    Jan 3, 2016 at 3:32


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