Can I use nautilus file manager on my ubuntu laptop to upload and edit files on my droplet?

Hi, I’m used to ftp’ing into my hostgator server fro nautilus on my ubuntu laptop and using nautilus to upload files and edit files on the server.

Is it possible to use nautilus to do the same with my droplet?

Submit an answer
Answer a question...

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Site Moderator
Site Moderator badge
July 28, 2019
Accepted Answer


You should be able to use nautilus to edit the files hosted on your droplet. In order to do that you can try to following commands:

  1. Open your terminal and type (if it fails, try with sudo):
  1. Enter the IP address of the droplet:
  1. Then enter your username and password.

This should work for you and should be able to see the files on your droplet.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Hey Alex,

Thanks for replying.

Your solution worked perfectly.

You’re a star! Cheers.

Want to learn more? Join the DigitalOcean Community!

Join our DigitalOcean community of over a million developers for free! Get help and share knowledge in Q&A, subscribe to topics of interest, and get courses and tools that will help you grow as a developer and scale your project or business.