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I am in need of building my own simple SFTP / SSH server for .NET in C# or VisualBasic but I do not want to dive too deep into technical details. The only additional requirement I need is the ability to implement custom commands.

Do you have a ready-to-use component or API for this problem?

If it supports Mono, Xamarin.iOS,Android or even Compact Framework this is a big plus as well.

Applies to: File Server

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With the Rebex File Server component, writing your own SFTP/SSH server is as easy as a few lines of C# code:

var server = new FileServer();

// bind SFTP (runs over SSH) to port 9022
server.Bind(9022, FileServerProtocol.Sftp);

// load a server private key from encrypted 'serverkey.ppk' file
server.Keys.Add(new SshPrivateKey("server-key.ppk", "password"));

// add a user (specify username, password and virtual root path)
server.Users.Add("user01", "password", @"c:\data\user01");

// start the server in the background

Writing custom SSH commands is possible via the FileServer.ShellCommand event, see this code sample:

// implement some simple custom shell commands
server.ShellCommand += (sender, e) =>
    switch (e.Command)
        case "date":
        case "say":
            e.WriteLine(string.Join(" ", e.Arguments));
        case "fail":
            e.WriteLine("Command failed.");
            e.ExitCode = 1;

(See more custom commands examples.)

Rebex File Server supports .NET, Mono, .NET Compact Framework, as well as Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android frameworks.

If you want to give it a try, just download the free 30-day trial.

See other code examples for typical scenarios like limiting file system access, SFTP sever user management, private keys, user authentication, server management, etc..