I'm trying to edit a file from a remote computer connected via ssh. How can I open the remote file on my local computer to edit?
You can mount the remote directory with
sshfs, after that, the file is accessible in your local directory tree.
sshfs user@domain:/remote/directory/ /local/directory/
It's all in the man pages.
Or just copy the file over with
scp/rsync, edit it, and copy it back.
If you are familiar with vim, you may use it as follows:
Make sure not to forget the "/" character before the filepath; otherwise it won't work; for example:
You can skip the portnumber if is the same of the default on your
If you use GNOME or KDE:
- open file manager
- press Ctrl+L to focus address bar
sftp://host/and press Enter (replace "host" with your target host)
The file system of the remote host will be displayed in file manager now, and you can navigate to your target directory and double-click the file to open it. As far as I know you can now use any local program to open the file (it doesn't have to be a Gnome or KDE application).
You should also be able to set a bookmark to the remote target directory, to quickly get there again later.
If you want to connect as a different user or using a different port, you can use
During a ssh session you can just open the file with an editor, for example
$ vi file.txt
If you're not sure how to use these, check the manpage.
If you want to use GUI programs installed on the remote machine, you can forward remote display to your local PC.
$ ssh -X firstname.lastname@example.org
Now open a remote file using a GUI editor installed on remote machine
$ geany ~/Documents/file.txt