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    What are the best MobaXterm alternatives?

    Well known and loved for its remote connection features, Windows terminal app MobaXterm sports a massive set of features spanning a much broader range of use cases. Notably, it bundles an X11 server with all the key terminal apps in one package. On that note, it's also portable so admins can easily use it at arbitrary locations without having to install it.

    Similar portable tools can be found with the portable feature. Being able to switch between different sessions using tabs is important for connection apps like these so you can filter for that with the tabbed interface feature.

    Most of these types of tools are strictly for the desktop though there are a few mobile tools for Android and iPhone. Windows is a more commonly supported platform, though many tools support Mac as well. Linux users tend to have a wider range of options through their terminals though some of these tools support it as well.

    MobaXterm is mainly a Terminal Emulator but alternatives to it may also be Remote Desktop Tools or Shells. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MobaXterm.
    This page was last updated May 18, 2022
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
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    1. mRemoteNG is a fork of mRemote , an open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager.
      mRemoteNG vs MobaXterm opinions
      Most users think mRemoteNG is a great alternative to MobaXterm.
      mRemoteNG is the only one on this list that is actually an alternative to MobaXterm in terms of functionality offered and core features.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      Most of the functionality like MobaXterm. But Open Source.
      Positive comment 8 days ago

    2. Windows console emulator with tabs, which presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with various features.

    3. Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+. Remmina primarily targets system administrators and travelers that need to work with computers remotely in front of either large monitors or tiny netbooks.
      Most users think Remmina is a great alternative to MobaXterm.
    4. Terminator enables the user to run and manage multiple terminal emulators side-by-side in the same window. The main focus is arranging terminals in a grid. (Tabs is the most common default method, which Terminator also supports.
      Terminator vs MobaXterm opinions
      Some users think Terminator is a great alternative to MobaXterm, some don't.
      greenseeker This is a terminal emulator. Moba is an ssh, rdp, telnet, xdmcp, vnc, etc client.
      Negative comment 20 days ago

    5. Cmder is an open-source replacement for the Windows command-line. It relies on ConEmu , extending it with the power of .
      cmder vs MobaXterm opinions
      This alternative is disputed. cmder is still a legitimate alternative to MobaXterm, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      this is a simple shell emulator not a ssh client
      Top negative comment  about 1 month ago

      Completely different functionality.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      MobaXterm is not so much a shell replacement, but an ssh terminal, sftp, ftp client, integrated x windows server, linux emulation (via integrated cygwin) and as such cmder is not an alternative to mobaXterm
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      not a ssh connection tools
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      Cmder manages local consoles, MobaXTerm manages remote sessions over a range of protocols. While you could use Cmder and then open an SSH from the local commandline, to call it an alternative is a bit of a stretch.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      Mobaxterm simulations a whole host of protocols and console emulator is only a tiny portion of what it can do.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      They do entirely different things.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago


    6. Tabby is an infinitely customizable cross-platform terminal app for local shells, serial, SSH and Telnet connections.
    7. 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 Linux distributions like Fedora and Debian.
      Hyper vs MobaXterm opinions
      Some users think Hyper is a great alternative to MobaXterm, some don't.
      Hyper is just a terminal. No file manager, port forwarding or session management (X11, VNC, etc..)
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

    8. KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from PuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.
      KiTTY vs MobaXterm opinions
      Most users think KiTTY is a great alternative to MobaXterm.
      Verry good SSH client. Integrates with WinSCP and pscp. Is the same as PuTTY but with extra's. The i.e. integrated launcher functionality. Session information in files and not in the registry. With dirmode on.
      Positive comment 8 days ago

    9. iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm. It works on Macs with macOS 10.10 or newer. iTerm2 brings the terminal into the modern age with features you never knew you always wanted.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • F-Droid
      • zsh
      • Bash
      Ready to go. Termux works directly with no rooting or setup required. At first start a minimal base system is installed automatically - you decide what to do next.
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