How to transfer files to and from Ipad and PC or MAC using SSH via winscp or cyberduck

July 29, 2010 by  
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In this iPad guide, you will learn how to SSH into iPad 3G, WiFi. In order SSH into iPad we are going to use WinSCP for Windows and CyberDuck for Mac. Once you SSH into iPad, you’ll be able to explore your iPad contents just like any other hard disk drive.

ssh into ipadWhat is SSH: SSH stands for Secure Shell. It allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices. A protocol that allows you to access your iPad from your desktop PC or MAC and execute commands on it (thus allowing you to copy any kind of data to and from the iPad without iTunes). It’s also used for a lot of customization things if you know what you’re doing.

NOTE: This guide requires your iPad to be connected to a wireless network. Your iPad and computer must be connected to the same wireless network. This guide is for both Windows and Mac users.

In order to SSH into your iPad you need to Jailbreak iPad first. Use the guide linked at the bottom to jailbreak your iPad.

How to SSH into iPad

STEP 1Install OpenSSH

*This step is same for both Windows and mac users.

First of all you need to install openSSH into iPad from Cydia. To do so:

  • Open the Cydia
  • Go to search tab and search for OpenSSH.
  • Tap on the  the OpenSSH from the search results
  • Tap the Install button at the top right corner and then Tap the Confirm button to Install the OpenSSH. Once done, reboot your iPad.

Windows Users

winscp sshSTEP 2 – Install WinSCP

Now Windows users download and install WinSCP.

Step 3 – Input Your iPad Details

Once you’ve installed the WinSCP, open it and enter the following details:

  • Hostname: Your iPad’s IP address. To find your iPad IP address got to: Setting > WiFi > *Your Network Name*
  • Username: root
  • Password: alpine
  • Protocol: SCP

and Hit the Login button. WinSCP will start connecting to your iPhone. If a Warning dialogue box appears, click Yes.

That’s it windows users, you’ve successfully SSH into your iPad.

Mac Users

cyberduck sshSTEP 2 – Install CyberDuck

Now Mac users download and install CyberDuck SSH client.

Step 3 – Input Your iPad Details

Once you’ve installed the WinSCP, open it, click on the Open Connection button at top-left corner and then enter the following details:

  • Protocol: SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)
  • Server: Your iPad’s IP address. To find your iPad IP address got to: Setting > WiFi > *Your Network Name*
  • Username: root
  • Password: alpine

Now Hit the Connect Button. If you get Host Key Mismatch error, simply hit the Allow button.

That’s it. You’ve successfully SSH into your iPad and can browser your iPad contents.

Jailbreak iPad

You can jailbreak your iPad using Spirit Jailbreak. in our tutorial.

Example of SSH USE

So far, there are no programs yet that can comprehensively explore or browse your ipad.  It is only through SSH via winscp or cyberduck that you can get into other directories of your device.  For example, if you wanted to backup your PVZ Plants versus Zombies save game file, you can ssh and navigate to the following folder: var/mobile/applications/documents/userdata and save the whole /userdata folder into your PC for backup or transfer to another ipad!

You can also navigate directly to your Installous downloads path directory, and edit/delete/copy files from there to backup to your PC! If you are wondering how you upload files to your iPad via SSH, and your iPad is jailbroken with Installous installed, but you have no idea where the download directory is for Installous so you can install application from your PC to your iPad. The directory is /private/var/mobile/Documents/Installous/Downloads/

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