Setting up jEdit for remote editing over ssh/sftp

  1. Download jEdit from
  2. Install
  3. Open jEdit.
  4. Set up the File System Browser as a collapsible pane:
    • From the Utilities menu, select ‘Global Options’
    • Exapnd the jEdit options if it is not open
    • Click on Docking – this is where you tell jEdit how to show plug-ins and sub-programs where to appear on the screen.
    • From the right pane, click the drop-down next to File System Browser and select ‘left’ as the docking position.
    • Click apply – This will make it appear as a tab on the left hand side which you can click to open. The screen will now look more like a Windows editor (UltraEdit, HomeSite, etc.)
  5. Now, get the ssh plugin
    • From the Plugins menu, click plugin manager
    • Then select the ‘Install’ tab.
    • Select the plugins: FTP, JTA(SSH)
    • Select OK – The download and install should start. If anything fails or it cannot connect to the server, click on ‘Download Options’, ‘Update Mirror List’ and then select a server from the list. One normally works 🙂 . There are a bunch of awesome plugins, these are the bare minimum.

    The plugins should now install.

  6. Open the file system browser if it is not open.
  7. At the top of the File System Browser you should see a ‘Plugins’ button. Click it.
  8. Roll your mouse over the FTP option and you will see two options: Connect to FTP server and Connect to Secure FTP server. Click the Connect to Secure FTP server option.
  9. A window will open.
  10. Enter server address, user name and password and you should connect
  11. The remote file system should appear in the File System Browser now as if it was your local one. You can open files, create and delete folders, as if you were using your own machine.


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