MobaXterm Alternatives for Windows

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.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 6/11/2019 4:20:00 PM

Alternatives to MobaXterm for Windows with any license

  • cmder

    Cmder is an open-source replacement for the Windows command-line. It relies on ConEmu , extending it with the power of clink and some great looking defaults including a Monokai color scheme and custom prompt layout.

    • 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. Guest • Jul 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Mobaxterm simulations a whole host of protocols and console emulator is only a tiny portion of what it can do. Guest • Mar 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • They do entirely different things. Guest • May 2018 • 15 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows clink ConEmu Windows Command Prompt PowerShell

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  • 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 Linux distributions like Fedora and Debian. For developers, extensions are universal Node.js modules loaded by both Electron and the renderer process.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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  • MSYS2

    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 SYStem 2, and aims to provide support to facilitate using the bash shell, Autotools, revision control systems and the like for building native Windows applications using MinGW-w64 toolchains.

    • MSYS2 is a terminal much like cmder. Mobaxterm is primarily a remote management tool with ssh/rdp session tree. Guest • Dec 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Alacritty

    Alacritty is the result of frustration with existing terminal emulators. Using vim inside tmux in many terminals was a particularly bad experience. None of them were ever quite fast enough. Even so, Linux does have some decent alternatives. For example, urxvt and st give good experiences. The major downside with those options is difficulty of configuration and inability to run on non-X11 platforms.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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 Shells category. The Cygwin installer creates a shortcut for mintty in the Windows start menu. Features include: - Xterm-compatible terminal emulation, including support for modifier keys and application mouse mode.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • 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 corporation-wide single sign-on using SSPI (GSSAPI) Kerberos 5 and NTLM user authentication, as well as Kerberos 5 host authentication; * support for RSA and DSA public key authentication with comprehensive user keypair management; * powerful SSH port forwarding...

    • Port forwarding easy and it WORKS ! Guest • Oct 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Personal Windows

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  • Royal TSX

    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 information workers who constantly need to access remote systems with different protocols. For the first time in the industry you're able to use Royal TS on Windows, OS X and soon, on iPad & iPhone.

    • Can't easily send commands to multiple terminals and allow user to choose which open terminals to send to like MobaXTerm, also UI isn't as good...it's the details that matter Guest • Apr 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Most alternatives mentioned here have nothing to do with what MobaXterm provides as features. This is the ONLY real alternative for MobaXterm. And no, i have nothing to do with Royal TSX and i hate that it's not open source. Guest • Feb 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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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 can be securely shared between users. Drive security, speed and productivity through your organization while reducing risks for your IT department. Join over 400 000 users in more than 140 countries who enjoy our remote connection management solution. Remote Desktop Manager is available in two editions: Free and Enterprise.

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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  • Terminus

    Terminus is an Electron-based terminal app that works across Windows, Mac and Linux while also supporting Windows shells including Powerfull and git-bash on Windows.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows 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), telnet, modem, ISDN and most other means of communication. ZOC can be used to connect to Unix/Linux hosts and shell accounts, BBS's, IBM mainframes (via TN3270 or TN5250), Cisco CLI (command line interface) or internet muds.

    • Similar features and works across both Windows & Mac platforms this is a HUGE value add for me! techieman75Nov 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Termius

    Termius is more than a mere SSH client – it’s a complete command-line solution that’s redefining remote access for sysadmins and network engineers. Securely access Linux or IoT devices and quickly fix issues from the comfort of your couch via laptop or phone. Termius Free Features: • Enjoy a beautiful, hand-crafted interface for all major mobile and desktop systems. • Termius is always ad-free. You are not the product. • Pair credentials and servers for quick access.

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS iPad

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  • 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.

    • It only supports one time of connection, doensn't have any of the tools or features, and doesn't come close in session management etc. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Chrome

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  • Xshell

    Xshell is a powerful SSH1, SSH2, SFTP, TELNET, RLOGIN and SERIAL terminal emulator for Windows platforms. It allows users to gain access to Unix/Linux hosts easily and securely on a Windows workstation. SSH (Secure Shell) protocol supports encryption and user authentication for secure connections over the Internet, and it replaces legacy protocols such as TELNET and RLOGIN.

    Free Personal Windows

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  • 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.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • 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 rights required pact - advanced package manager (like apt-get or yum) xTerm-256 compatible console HTTP(s) proxying support Plugin-oriented architecture Pre-configured git and shell Integrated oh-my-zsh Auto update...

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.2.0, released in July 2015, can be still downloaded from GitHub

    Free Open Source Windows Git Cygwin zsh

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  • TEXTREME

    TEXTREME is a lively, animated text editor with the feel of a retro videogame complete with sounds and game-like visual effects. The screen shakes as you type while particle effects decorate new characters. Hit backspace and any characters you delete are sent flying off the screen. It's a unique editing experience for the gamer in all of us.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • PuTTY Tray

    PuTTY Tray is an improved version of PuTTY. It features some cosmetic changes, and a number of addons to make it more useful and much more fun to use. Originally compiled by Barry Haanstra, now maintained by Chris West (Faux).

    Free Open Source Windows

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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 the remote host for remote key authentication in one click.

    Free Windows

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  • FireSSH

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

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Waterfox Pale Moon ... Firefox

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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 everyone in your organization.

    • SecureCRT is a good alternative to MobaXterm, because you can run Python, Java or VBS scripts and macros to extend the functionality of the software or to automate repeatedly used functions! Good support in the forum! tiborwApr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It's just an SSH tool. No support for VNC, RDP, X etc... Misses a lot of features as well. Doesn't support much more then the built-in terminal.app on a Mac. Where MobaXterm is soo much more. All your remote session, tunnels, etc, on loads of protocols in one centralized fast tool. Guest • Mar 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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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 installation or access to the Windows registry). Xming is totally secure when used with [WWW]SSH and optionally includes an enhanced PuTTY Link SSH client and a portable PuTTY replacement package.

    Freemium Windows

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