Acessing remote folders


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Remote access

Twin Folders can securely access a remote folder using SSH (Secure Shell Protocol) / SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol).
Twin Folders is an SSH/SFTP client, and you do not need anything else installed or enabled on a computer where you run Twin Folders.
However, on the remote computer you need access to, you need to enable SSH/SFTP server software.

Enabling SSH/SFTP on a remote computer

Remote folder is on a Mac

Turn on Remote Login to access your Mac from another computer using Twin Folders or another SSH/SFTP client.
  1. Start the System Settings, Click General in the sidebar, then click Sharing on the right. (You may need to scroll down).
  2. Turn on Remote Login, then click the Info button (i) on the right.
  3. If needed, select the "Allow full disk access for remote users" checkbox. If not selected, only few folders will be accessible, such as Music and Pictures.
  4. Specify which users can log in.

Remote folder is on a Linux machine

Enabling SSH/SFTP depends on Linux distribution. As an example, here is how to enable it on Linux Mint.
  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Within the terminal, run the following command:
    sudo apt-get install openssh-server -y

Remote folder is on a PC

You can install OpenSSH.

Specifying a folder on a remote computer

As you perform a remote login, folders are relative to your home folder on a remote computer.
For example, if you have a Downloads folder in your home folder on a remote computer, you can specify it as
Or you can specify a full path (starting with "/"). For example