OpenSSH Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to OpenSSH for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is PuTTY, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to OpenSSH and 14 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to OpenSSH are Snowflake (SSH / SFTP client) (Free, Open Source), Mosh (Free, Open Source), SecureCRT (Paid) and PAC Manager (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 15, 2021

    1. PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. It supports several network protocols, including SCP, SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw socket connection. It can also connect to a serial port.
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      Most users think PuTTY is a great alternative to OpenSSH.
      Harty1978 A good way to do it on Windows until OpenSSH for Windows catches up
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    2. Graphical SFTP client and terminal emulator with helpful utilities.
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    3. Mosh (mobile shell), the mobile SSH replacement. Remote terminal application that allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.
    4. 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.
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    5. 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 SecureCRT's functionality.


      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version,, released in November 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    6. Re-Connectable secure remote shell.
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    7. SHELLNGN is a cloud based SSH client with SFTP and Telnet support. Manage your servers anywhere you are, with a professional and feature-rich SSH and SFTP Client.
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    8. Dropbear is a relatively small SSH 2 server and client. It runs on a variety of POSIX-based platforms.
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    9. SecureBlackbox is a library (suite of components and classes) for software developers that allows them to provide secure data transfer and storage, digital signing and verification, encryption, and compression (please refer to /n software website to get the complete list of...
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    10. Dante is a product developed by Inferno Nettverk A/S. It consists of a SOCKS server and a SOCKS client, implementing RFC 1928 and related standards. It is a flexible product that can be used to provide convenient and secure network connectivity.
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