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  • PuTTY icon

    PuTTY

    PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms. A simple, lightweight client for connecting to a Linux shell from your Windows machine!

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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    KiTTY

    What is KiTTY ? KiTTY is a fork from version 0.63 of PuTTY, the best telnet / SSH client in the world. KiTTY is only designed for the Microsoft Windows platform. For more information about the original software, or pre-compiled...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

  • mRemoteNG icon

    mRemoteNG

    mRemoteNG is a fork of mRemote, an open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager.

    Open Source Windows

  • Terminator icon

    Terminator

    Terminator, multiple terminals in one window. The goal of this project is to produce a useful tool for arranging terminals. It is inspired by programs such as gnome-multi-term, quadkonsole, etc. in that the main focus is arranging...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • ConnectBot icon

    ConnectBot

    ConnectBot is a Secure Shell client for the Android platform. Its ultimate goal is to create a secure connection through which you can use a shell on a remote machine and transfer files back and forth to your phone.

    Open Source Android

  • PAC Manager icon

    PAC Manager

    PAC is a Perl/GTK Gnome replacement for SecureCRT/Putty/etc... It provides a GUI to configure SSH/Telnet connections: users, passwords, EXPECT regular expressions, macros, etc. Unique Linux application to impletement almost every...

    Open Source Linux

  • Babun icon

    Babun

    Would you like to use a linux-like console on a Windows host without a lot of fuzz? Try out babun! Babun features the following: Pre-configured Cygwin with a lot of addons Silent command-line installer, no admin...

    Open Source Windows Git Cygwin zsh

  • Chrome Secure Shell icon

    Chrome Secure Shell

    Secure Shell is an xterm-compatible terminal emulator and stand-alone ssh client for Chrome. It uses Native-Client to connect directly to ssh servers without the need for external proxies.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Chrome

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    MSYS2

    Description MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software. The name is a contraction of Minimal...

    Open Source Windows

  • Bitvise SSH Client icon

    Bitvise SSH Client

    SSH and SFTP client for Windows incorporates: * one of the most advanced graphical SFTP clients; * state-of-the-art terminal emulation with support for the bvterm, xterm, and vt100 protocols; * support for...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Xshell icon

    Xshell

    Xshell is a powerful terminal emulator that supports SSH, SFTP, TELNET, RLOGIN and SERIAL.

    Free Personal Windows

  • ConsoleZ icon

    ConsoleZ

    console - This is a modified version of Console 2 for a better experience under Windows Vista/7/8 and a better visual rendering.

    Open Source Windows

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    mintty

    Mintty is a terminal emulator for Cygwin that is based on code from PuTTY 0.60 by Simon Tatham and team. It can be downloaded from the main site or it can be installed through Cygwins setup.exe program, where it can be found in the...

    Open Source Windows

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    Remote Desktop Manager

    Remote Desktop Manager lets you centralize all your remote connections, passwords and credentials into a unique platform that people love to work with. Connect any session types, such as: RDP, SSH, ARD, Web, VNC, Telnet, ICA/HDX...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    rxvt-unicode

    Rxvt-unicode is a highly customizable terminal emulator forked from rxvt. Commonly known as urxvt, rxvt-unicode can be daemonized to run clients within a single process in order to minimize the use of system resources. Developed by...

    Open Source Mac Linux

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    ZOC

    ZOC is a powerful and well-established terminal emulator and telnet client, well known for its outstanding user interface with tabbed multi session support. ZOC lets you access character based hosts using Secure Shell (SSH/SSH2)...

    Commercial Mac Windows

    • Similar features and works across both Windows & Mac platforms this is a HUGE value add for me! techieman75 • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Xming

    Xming is the leading X Window System Server for Microsoft Windows®. It is fully featured, lean, fast, simple to install and because it is standalone native Windows, easily made portable (not needing a machine-specific...

    Open Source Windows

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    SecureCRT

    SecureCRT combines rock-solid terminal emulation with the strong encryption, data integrity, and authentication options of the Secure Shell protocol. SecureCRT provides secure remote access, file transfer, and data tunneling for...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Royal TS

    Royal TS provides easy and secure access to your remote systems Unlock the power to remotely manage your systems on multiple platforms! Royal TS is the perfect tool for server admins, system engineers, developers and IT focused...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • sshfs

    This is a filesystem client based on the SSH File Transfer Protocol. Since most SSH servers already support this protocol it is very easy to set up: i.e. on the server side there's nothing to do. On the client side mounting the...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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    SmarTTY

    SmarTTY is a neat multi-tabbed SSH client with built-in SSH support. It makes it extremely easy to connect to your SSH servers and exchange files. It allows storing your private keys securely in Windows key containers and can set up...

    Free Windows

  • Hyper icon

    Hyper

    Hyper™ is a beautiful and extensible, cross-platform terminal built on open web standards. It provides an elegant command-line experience that is consistent across all supported platforms which includes macOS, Windows and various...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • FireSSH icon

    FireSSH

    FireSSH is a free, cross-platform SSH terminal client for Mozilla Firefox. Written entirely in Javascript!

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Firefox

  • PuTTY Tray icon

    PuTTY Tray

    PuTTY Tray is an improved version of PuTTY. It features a number of addons to make it more useful and much more fun to use. .

    Open Source Windows

  • Putty Tab Manager icon

    Putty Tab Manager

    Windows tool for managing multiple PuTTY instances in a single tabbed window. Tab Manager allows PuTTY sessions PuTTY run multiple, known ssh and telnet client for windows in one window using tabs. is initially made to add a...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Alacritty icon

    Alacritty

    Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.

    Open Source Mac Linux

  • BitKinex icon

    BitKinex

    Bitkinex is a multiprotocol FTP client, supporting FTP, SFTP, HTTP (WebDAV). The FTP features on one-click commands list, multipart download and multi thread browse. The WebDAV client features messenger-like user interface, fast...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued In march 2009, the development of BitKinex stopped and it became freeware. Last version, 3.2.3, is still downloadable from the official website.
  • Codinn SSH Tunnel icon

    Codinn SSH Tunnel

    SSH Tunnel allows you to easily manage and precisely control your SSH tunnels. SSH Tunnel is able to remember the SSH login password and save it to OS X's keychain. Furthermore, SSH Tunnel is designed to automatically reconnect...

    Commercial Mac

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    WinSSHTerm

    WinSSHTerm is a portable PuTTY/KiTTY interface for accessing remote systems via SSH. It helps you to be more productive. Using keyboard shortcuts and intelligent navigation tools allows you to quickly switch between or start new SSH...

    Free Windows

  • OpenSSH for Windows

    OpenSSH for Windows is a minimal installation of the Cygwin port of OpenSSH and related utilities to provide SSH and SCP services on the Windows platform.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 5.3 rev2, released in February 2010 can be still downloaded from SourceForge
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    AutoPuTTY

    AutoPuTTY is a simple connection manager / launcher · Manage a server list and connect thru PuTTY, WinSCP, Microsoft Terminal Server and VNC (only VNC 3.3 encryption is supported for passwords yet), · Connect to multiple...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last update to this application was 2012. The latest version, 0.24.3, is still available from the official website.
  • VcXsrv

    Windows X-server based on the xorg git sources (like xming or cygwin's xwin), but compiled with Visual C++ 2010. Source code can also be compiled with VS2008, VS2008 Express Edition and VS2010 Express Edition.

    Open Source Windows

  • Cash icon

    Cash

    Cash is a cross-platform implementation of Unix shell commands written in pure ES6. Think Cygwin, except: - No native compiling - No ugly DLLs - Works in any terminal - 1/15th of the size Runs using Node.js

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • RXVT icon

    RXVT

    RXVT –our extended virtual terminal– is a terminal emulator for X11. It is a popular replacement for the standard ‘xterm’.

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Last updated in 2013.
  • SSH Shell icon

    SSH Shell

    SSH Shell is an intuitive SSH client for Mac OS X, allows you access server's console with single-click.

    Commercial Mac

MobaXterm Comments

The price seems like a bargain to me

Positive Comment by AlternativeSteve
about MobaXterm Mar 2016

As the other commenters have noted, MobaXterm has an unlimited free trial with a limited feature set. So if you don't want to spend any money, you may not find MobaXterm as useful. But if you buy the full version, it has a huge feature set that is well integrated and works wonderfully.

Sure, you could build yourself something similar using several different open source and free software tools. I'd done that, but still found value in MobaXterm because it does the work of several disparate apps. The price seemed high at first, but the more I looked around at the alternatives, the more it seemed worth it. Good tools cost money to build, and I want to support the creation of tools like this. There's a reason PuTTY doesn’t have tabs and hasn't changed much in more than a decade: no-one is paying for features to be developed.

MobaXterm literally brings a feeling joy to Linux and Unix connectivity from Windows. In my opinion, it's well worth the price, and is in the same league of other best-of-breed tools worthy of our support, like PhraseExpander, PowerGrep, XYPlorer, and TestRail.

If you want free transportation, you can walk or use a bicycle. If you want to travel quickly, in comfort, and style, you buy a nice car. In this analogy, PuTTY is a bicycle, and MobaXterm is a luxury sedan. There's nothing wrong with either choice. Everyone can decide which option they prefer.

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A SSH noob like me just love this tool

Positive Comment by Ola
about MobaXterm Sep 2014

Everything is exactly where i want it to be and it just works. Love the sFTP integration.

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Excellent tool!

Positive Comment by Francoise
about MobaXterm Jan 2014

A well-integrated solution for SSH, SCP, SFTP, RDP and X11 server.

MobaXterm is really convenient, especially when you have multiple SSH servers to reach, files to transfer and graphical applications to launch remotely, and when you care about security.

For my personal need, the free edition provides enough functions, so the price ($0) is not an obstacle ;-)

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Wonderful piece of software with everything you need

Positive Comment by Francoise
about MobaXterm Oct 2013

This tool is exactly what I have been looking for in the last 6 years of my Sysadmin life: an X11 server on Windows that just works, a tabbed SSH client with X11-forwarding that automatically allows you to graphically browse your remote server when you are connected, tabbed RDP sessions, tabbed VNC sessions, ... and everything is just very easy to use, it just works!

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This is Shareware, not Freeware and too much expensive.

Negative Comment by ignosgt
about MobaXterm Aug 2013

Even though the policy of the author of Mobaxterm is understandable, this very nice application is not really free and the license cost is quite high compared to other similar tools in the market.

Coming this tool from an Open Source/Free Software world, a more reasonable price could have helped me to go on with the professional license. Besides, many of the features are derivative from open source code that has been given for free for many years by many people.

After months of using it and reaching the limit line, I'll have to switch over to another application. Better don't get used to it.

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not really free

Comment by gillesCrebassa
about MobaXterm Sep 2012

This tool is great but not really free.
The number of connection is limited and new session are not saved. You must take the professional version for unlimited sessions.
The screen saver is also installed and can't be removed.

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