Alternatives to Xshell for all platforms with any license

  • 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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    OpenSSH

    OpenSSH is a free version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users rely on. OpenSSH encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks. Additionally...

    Open Source Mac Linux iPhone BSD iPad Haiku Xfce

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    MobaXterm

    An advanced terminal that gives Windows users a powerful, Unix-like command-line experience.

    Freemium 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

  • 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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    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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    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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    rdesktop

    rdesktop is an open source client for Windows Terminal Services, capable of natively speaking Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to present the users Windows desktop. Supported servers include Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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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

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    KRDC

    KRDC is the KDE Remote Desktop Client. KRDC was overhauled as part of the Google Summer of Code (SoC) 2007 by Urs Wolfer and other developers to be included in the KDE 4.0. An overhaul was needed as KRDC development had slowed to a...

    Open Source Linux

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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

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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

  • 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

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    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

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    MacTerm

    MacTerm (was MacTelnet) on OS X is now a complete replacement for Terminal, allowing access to both local and remote applications. Its many features include powerful terminals (with or without tabs), a very flexible preferences...

    Open Source Mac

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    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

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  • ASG-Remote Desktop icon

    ASG-Remote Desktop

    ASG-Remote Desktop is the indispensable tool for administrative access to remote computers. The tool features integrated connection protocols, allowing you to manage Windows, Citrix, Linux/UNIX and Macintosh systems efficiently – if...

    Commercial Windows

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    SSH Terminal Emulator

    SSH Terminal Emulator by devFluid connects to linux, unix, and other SSH capable devices directly through an SSH2 connection.

    Commercial Windows RT

  • Poderosa icon

    Poderosa

    Poderosa is a tabbed terminal emulator for Windows. Against common terminal emulators such as Putty or TeraTerm, Poderosa has following features. Tabbed style GUI It is convenient to open multiple connections at the same...

    Open Source Windows

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    Putty for Mac

    Putty is one of the Best Terminal Emulators available today. It Supports different types of Network Protocols such as SSH, FTP, SCP, Telnet etc. In Windows it is used as SSH Client to connect to Your Linux server or for some other...

    Commercial Mac

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    QuTTY

    QuTTY is a multi-tabbed, multi-paned SSH/Telnet client with a terminal emulator. The goal is to support advanced features similar to iterm2. Following features are supported. Multiple Tab interface. Multiple Split-pane...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Last version, 0.8.2 Beta, was released in 2013.
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    PenguiNet

    You've discovered PenguiNet, the simple all-in-one SSH client for Windows! PenguiNet includes an SCP browser, so that you can easily transfer files with just a few mouse clicks.

    Commercial Windows

  • ShellCraft icon

    ShellCraft

    A modern and powerful SSH/Telnet client with entire fresh design and excellent experience.

    Commercial Mac

  • TTYEmulator icon

    TTYEmulator

    TTYEmulator is a free terminal emulator application which can act as a client for the SSH, Telnet, rlogin, raw TCP and serial computing protocols. TTYEmulator is written for Microsoft Windows.

    Free Windows

Xshell Comments

After I tried all of the PuTTY window managers... 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by ruok5
about Xshell and PuTTY Mar 2013

...I finally gave Xshell a shot. Not terribly difficult to adapt to coming from a decade using PuTTY, and variants thereof. Well worth a try--it's free for non-commercial use.

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