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Golang SSH Client.

Fast and easy golang ssh client module.

Goph is a lightweight Go SSH client focusing on simplicity!

Installation ❘ Features ❘ Usage ❘ Examples ❘ License

πŸš€Β  Installation and Documentation

go get

You can find the docs at go docs.

🀘  Features

  • Easy to use and simple API.
  • Supports known hosts by default.
  • Supports connections with passwords.
  • Supports connections with private keys.
  • Supports connections with protected private keys with passphrase.
  • Supports upload files from local to remote.
  • Supports download files from remote to local.
  • Supports connections with ssh agent (Unix systems only).
  • Supports adding new hosts to known_hosts file.
  • Supports file system operations like: Open, Create, Chmod...
  • Supports context.Context for command cancellation.

πŸ“„Β  Usage

Run a command via ssh:

package main

import (

func main() {

	// Start new ssh connection with private key.
	auth, err := goph.Key("/home/mohamed/.ssh/id_rsa", "")
	if err != nil {

	client, err := goph.New("root", "", auth)
	if err != nil {

	// Defer closing the network connection.
	defer client.Close()

	// Execute your command.
	out, err := client.Run("ls /tmp/")

	if err != nil {

	// Get your output as []byte.

πŸ” Start Connection With Protected Private Key:

auth, err := goph.Key("/home/mohamed/.ssh/id_rsa", "you_passphrase_here")
if err != nil {
	// handle error

client, err := goph.New("root", "", auth)

πŸ”‘ Start Connection With Password:

client, err := goph.New("root", "", goph.Password("you_password_here"))

β˜› Start Connection With SSH Agent (Unix systems only):

auth, err := goph.UseAgent()
if err != nil {
	// handle error

client, err := goph.New("root", "", auth)

‴️ Upload Local File to Remote:

err := client.Upload("/path/to/local/file", "/path/to/remote/file")

‡️ Download Remote File to Local:

err := client.Download("/path/to/remote/file", "/path/to/local/file")

β˜› Execute Bash Commands:

out, err := client.Run("bash -c 'printenv'")

β˜› Execute Bash Command with timeout:

context, cancel := context.WithTimeout(ctx, time.Second)
defer cancel()
// will send SIGINT and return error after 1 second
out, err := client.RunContext(ctx, "sleep 5")

β˜› Execute Bash Command With Env Variables:

out, err := client.Run(`env MYVAR="MY VALUE" bash -c 'echo $MYVAR;'`)

πŸ₯ͺ Using Goph Cmd:

Goph.Cmd struct is like the Go standard os/exec.Cmd.

// Get new `Goph.Cmd`
cmd, err := client.Command("ls", "-alh", "/tmp")

// or with context:
// cmd, err := client.CommandContext(ctx, "ls", "-alh", "/tmp")

if err != nil {
	// handle the error!

// You can set env vars, but the server must be configured to `AcceptEnv line`.
cmd.Env = []string{"MY_VAR=MYVALUE"}

// Run you command.
err = cmd.Run()

πŸ—’οΈ Just like os/exec.Cmd you can run CombinedOutput, Output, Start, Wait, and ssh.Session methods like Signal...

πŸ“‚ File System Operations Via SFTP:

You can easily get a SFTP client from Goph client:

sftp, err := client.NewSftp()

if err != nil {
	// handle the error!

file, err := sftp.Create("/tmp/remote_file")

file.Write([]byte(`Hello world`))

πŸ—’οΈ For more file operations see SFTP Docs.

πŸ₯™Β  Examples

See Examples.

🀝  Missing a Feature?

Feel free to open a new issue, or contact me.

πŸ“˜Β  License

Goph is provided under the MIT License.