Secure SHell

An Alfred Workflow

Short Description

Open SSH/SFTP/mosh connections from Alfred 3 with autosuggestion of known hosts

Last Updated

12 Dec 2016


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Bundle ID



"Secure SHell Demo"


  • Auto-suggest hostnames from ~/.ssh/config, ~/.ssh/known_hosts, /etc/ssh/ssh_config and /etc/hosts (sources can be individually disabled).
  • Remembers usernames, so you don't have to type them in every time. (You can also remove connections from your history or disable it entirely.)
  • Alternate actions:

    • Open connection with mosh instead of SSH.
    • Open SFTP connection instead of SSH.
    • Ping host.


Keyword is ssh:

  • ssh [<query>] — View and filter known SSH connections.

    • or ⌘+<NUM> — Open the connection.
    • — Expand query to selected connection's title. Useful for adding a port number.
    • ⌘+↩ — Open an SFTP connection instead.
    • ⌘+⌥ — Open a mosh connection instead.
    • ⇧+↩ — Ping host.
    • ^+↩ — Forget connection (if it's from history).


There are several options available in the workflow's configuration sheet. Notably, you can turn off individual autosuggestion sources.

Variable Description
DISABLE_CONFIG Set to 1 to turn off suggestions from ~/.ssh/config.
DISABLE_ETC_CONFIG Set to 1 to turn off suggestions from /etc/ssh/ssh_config.
DISABLE_ETC_HOSTS Set to 1 to turn off suggestions from /etc/hosts.
DISABLE_HISTORY Set to 1 to disable the History (reading and writing).
DISABLE_KNOWN_HOSTS Set to 1 to turn off suggestions from ~/.ssh/known_hosts.
EXIT_ON_SUCCESS Set to 1 (default) to close shell if ping or mosh command exits cleanly
EXTERNAL_TRIGGER Set to 1 to use an External Trigger instead of AppleScript to re-open Alfred. The External Trigger is safer, but leaves Alfred in a weird mode.
MOSH_CMD Set to the full path to mosh if your shell can't find it. Set to empty to disable mosh connections.

Please note: The workflow generates an ssh:// (or sftp://) URL and asks Alfred to open it. Similarly, the ping and mosh features uses Alfred 3's Terminal Command feature. If it's not opening in the right app, it's not the workflow's fault.

Licencing & thanks

This workflow is released under the MIT Licence.

It uses the following libraries and resources:

This workflow started as a port of @isometry's Python SSH workflow to Go as a testbed for awgo. It has since gained some additional features.

If you need Alfred 2 support, check out @isometry's workflow.


  • v0.7.1 — 2016-12-12

    • Fix updater bug
    • Smarter SSH URLs for hosts from ~/.ssh/config
    • Better removal of duplicates
  • v0.6.0 — 2016-11-09

    • Add in-workflow updates
  • v0.5.0 — 2016-10-31

    • Add support for SSH configuration files (~/.ssh/config and /etc/ssh/ssh_config)
    • Alternate action: open connection with mosh
  • v0.4.0 — 2016-05-27

    • Add ability to turn sources of suggestions off #1
  • v0.3.0 — 2016-05-26

    • Alternate action: Open SFTP connection
    • Alternate action: Ping host
    • Remember connections with usernames, so you don't have to type the username each time
  • v0.2.0 — 2016-05-23

    • First public release