Remote file editing

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It's often good to be able to edit files remotely in an editor. This is much superior (for advanced projects) to Jupyter Notebooks for most purposes. Here are some instructions as to how.

At the terminal

Use vi, vim, nano, or some other editor at the terminal for editing if you want simplicity and do a lot of admin work.

Text editor apps

Generally, a text editor will have either a built-in feature or an extension that supports adding SFTP (secure FTP) servers. You'll want to add tools, hopper, or both to your editor.

A common pattern is to:

  • download the software (links with each editor),
  • add your username and password or ssh key for the server you want,
  • connect,
  • and save a document to verify that your connection works.


  • Download and install.
  • Install the FTP-remote-edit extension.
  • Set your password. This is for your local account only.
  • Add your servers.
  • Use the SSH port (22) and your ssh key or password.
  • You can right-click > Edit Servers at any time to add, remove, or change servers.


  • Download and install.
  • Tools > Command Palette > type "package" > Package Control: Install Package > type "sftp" > click first entry
  • Now go to File > SFTP/FTP to do tasks like setting up and browsing servers


Notepad++ for Windows