Code Quality Rank: L3
Monthly Downloads: 60,931
Programming language: C#
License: 2012-2016, RENCI
Tags: Protocols     ssh     scp     sftp    
Latest version: v2016.1.0

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SSH.NET is a Secure Shell (SSH-2) library for .NET, optimized for parallelism.

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This project was inspired by Sharp.SSH library which was ported from java and it seems like was not supported for quite some time. This library is a complete rewrite, without any third party dependencies, using parallelism to achieve the best performance possible.


  • Execution of SSH command using both synchronous and asynchronous methods
  • Return command execution exit status and other information
  • Provide SFTP functionality for both synchronous and asynchronous operations
  • Provides SCP functionality
  • Provide status report for upload and download sftp operations to allow accurate progress bar implementation
  • Remote, dynamic and local port forwarding
  • Shell/Terminal implementation
  • Specify key file pass phrase
  • Use multiple key files to authenticate
  • Supports publickey, password and keyboard-interactive authentication methods
  • Supports two-factor or higher authentication
  • Supports SOCKS4, SOCKS5 and HTTP Proxy

Encryption Method

SSH.NET supports the following encryption methods:

  • aes256-ctr
  • 3des-cbc
  • aes128-cbc
  • aes192-cbc
  • aes256-cbc
  • blowfish-cbc
  • twofish-cbc
  • twofish192-cbc
  • twofish128-cbc
  • twofish256-cbc
  • arcfour
  • arcfour128
  • arcfour256
  • cast128-cbc
  • aes128-ctr
  • aes192-ctr

Key Exchange Method

SSH.NET supports the following key exchange methods:

  • curve25519-sha256
  • curve25519-sha256@libssh.org
  • ecdh-sha2-nistp256
  • ecdh-sha2-nistp384
  • ecdh-sha2-nistp521
  • diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha256
  • diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha1
  • diffie-hellman-group14-sha1
  • diffie-hellman-group1-sha1

Public Key Authenntication

SSH.NET supports the following private key formats:

  • RSA in OpenSSL PEM and ssh.com format
  • DSA in OpenSSL PEM and ssh.com format
  • ECDSA 256/384/521 in OpenSSL PEM format
  • ED25519 in OpenSSH key format

Private keys can be encrypted using one of the following cipher methods:

  • AES-128-CBC
  • AES-192-CBC
  • AES-256-CBC

Host Key Algorithms

SSH.NET supports the following host key algorithms:

  • ssh-ed25519
  • ecdsa-sha2-nistp256
  • ecdsa-sha2-nistp384
  • ecdsa-sha2-nistp521
  • ssh-rsa
  • ssh-dss

Message Authentication Code

SSH.NET supports the following MAC algorithms:

  • hmac-md5
  • hmac-md5-96
  • hmac-sha1
  • hmac-sha1-96
  • hmac-sha2-256
  • hmac-sha2-256-96
  • hmac-sha2-512
  • hmac-sha2-512-96
  • hmac-ripemd160
  • hmac-ripemd160@openssh.com

Framework Support

SSH.NET supports the following target frameworks:

  • .NET Framework 3.5
  • .NET Framework 4.0 (and higher)
  • .NET Standard 1.3
  • Silverlight 4
  • Silverlight 5
  • Windows Phone 7.1
  • Windows Phone 8.0
  • Universal Windows Platform 10


Multi-factor authentication

Establish a SFTP connection using both password and public-key authentication:

var connectionInfo = new ConnectionInfo("sftp.foo.com",
                                        new PasswordAuthenticationMethod("guest", "pwd"),
                                        new PrivateKeyAuthenticationMethod("rsa.key"));
using (var client = new SftpClient(connectionInfo))

Verify host identify

Establish a SSH connection using user name and password, and reject the connection if the fingerprint of the server does not match the expected fingerprint:

byte[] expectedFingerPrint = new byte[] {
                                            0x66, 0x31, 0xaf, 0x00, 0x54, 0xb9, 0x87, 0x31,
                                            0xff, 0x58, 0x1c, 0x31, 0xb1, 0xa2, 0x4c, 0x6b

using (var client = new SshClient("sftp.foo.com", "guest", "pwd"))
    client.HostKeyReceived += (sender, e) =>
            if (expectedFingerPrint.Length == e.FingerPrint.Length)
                for (var i = 0; i < expectedFingerPrint.Length; i++)
                    if (expectedFingerPrint[i] != e.FingerPrint[i])
                        e.CanTrust = false;
                e.CanTrust = false;

Building SSH.NET

Software net35 net40 netstandard1.3 sl4 sl5 wp71 wp8 uap10.0
Windows Phone SDK 8.0 x x x x
Visual Studio 2012 Update 5 x x x x x x
Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 x x x x x
Visual Studio 2017 x x