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Live Edit Over SFTP

I love the new Connect with SCP/SFTP options. However...

Once connected, I would like to be able to open/edit a file without first having to manually download it. If I make changes/save the opened document, I want the changes to be pushed back to the remote host.

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Hello yes working perfect now. Thanks for the instant fixing

@Christos: Perfect! Glad to hear it's working fine for you! =)


In this thread it is mentioned that a Beta version for Mac supporting live-edit over SFTP is ready, and people is confirming that it works.

I've version 3.3, and when I use File Transfer plugging and connect over SFTP, I don't see any edit/live edit option.

Is that because I've using Mac version?



Hi Ivan,

to open and edit a file, just double-click it. We then watch for changes to the file and if we detect a change, we upload the modified version to the remote server.

Hope that helps!



Hi Felix,

Thanks for that quick one. One works perfectly.

I have also another topic related. While double-click works to edit it, some files are simply not opened for edit. I do just simply the same "double-click" and some opens and some not. I wonder if that depends on something like the file extension, but I've checked and not.

The only thing that I notice is, that when the file that I try to double-click for edit, has an empty logo/icon it doesn't work.

For example, if the icon on the left of the filename, is an empty and white one, it doesn't open the file at all.

I've tried to refresh the remote folder, close and open again the tool, but nothing.

Thanks for help.



Hi Iván,

when you double click a file for editing, we download it and then simply ask the OS to open it in whatever application is configured to open the file type. For files without an extension, there's no default application to configured on macOS. To open such files, you will have to modify your default file/application mappings in macOS. For instance, download such a file with Royal TSX, then open the inspector in Finder and change the associated application and click "Change all...".

In the next major release we will add support for choosing the application to open files with.



When will that next "big release" be released? Because as it stands now, I'm afraid the feature is almost useless. If I double-click on .sh files, they are downloaded and then run! If I double-click on .py files, they are downloaded and run! etc.. I really hope the next release allows a setting to override the system associations of a file and ALWAYS open it with specified editor. I don't want to destroy my file associations by associating everything with my editor.

@Daniele: The beta is already available since a couple of months and you can get it here: We don't have an ETA for the stable release just yet.

Thanks! I see that you added a new option "open with..". That should be enough. Thanks again.

@Daniele: Glad that helps!



The next V5 beta will also have the "Open with..." command available in the file transfer connection.


Thanks Stefan! That is a needed feature. Might I ask for a free license for my feedback? *blinking my baby eyes* :P

Hi Daniele,

I'm sorry but we can't give away free licenses for feedback. If we do, we will soon end up giving away free licenses because everyone is providing feedback and we will be out of business very quickly...


From what I gather this is a feature coming to the Windows side as well in the near future? The live Drag-and-Drop/Explore via SFTP on MobaXterm(Windows) works wonderful. Please implement something like this in the future. Picture attached as an example.

Hi Luminous,

I'm not sure I understand. Are you referring to the live edit feature? If so, this is already implemented. I also don't understand what your screenshot should show. A bit more information would be helpful.

Thank you,


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