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Cygwin Alternatives for Mac

Cygwin is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Alacritty, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Cygwin and six of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Cygwin are BusyBox, WindTerm, Cash and csshX.

Cygwin alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but may also be Shells or Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Cygwin.
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    Alacritty

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    69 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  LightweightAlacritty consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    BusyBox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    7 alternatives to BusyBox 

    BusyBox is a single binary that provides several stripped-down Unix tools in a single executable. It runs in a variety of POSIX environments such as Linux, Android, FreeBSD and others. It was specifically created for embedded operating systems with very limited resources.

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    1.  Command line interfaceBusyBox either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    • WindTerm icon

      WindTerm

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      39 alternatives to WindTerm 

      A professional SSH/Telnet/Serial/Shell/Sftp client for DevOps.

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      1.  PortableWindTerm can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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      Cash

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      8 alternatives to Cash 

      Cash is a cross-platform implementation of Unix shell commands written in pure ES6.

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      csshX

      31 alternatives to csshX 

      csshX is a tool to allow simultaneous control of multiple SSH sessions. It will attempt to create an SSH session to each remote host in separate Terminal.app windows. A master window will also be created. All keyboard input in the master will be sent to all the slave windows.

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      1.  Command line interfacecsshX either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
      12 ssh sessions under the control of one master window


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      RustyBox

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      7 alternatives to RustyBox 

      RustyBox is a free-range, non-GMO fork of BusyBox written entirely in Rust. It includes all your favorite commands like ls, mount, and top, but without a single line of C code! Like BusyBox, rustybox weighs in at just under 1 megabyte and includes all the basic utilities you...

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      1.  Command line interfaceRustyBox either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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