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PuTTY Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to PuTTY for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is OpenSSH, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to PuTTY and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to PuTTY are Tabby Terminal, Termius, Tilix and Muon SSH/SFTP client (formerly Snowflake).

PuTTY alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but may also be SSH Clients or Remote Desktop Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of PuTTY.
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  • Windows
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    OpenSSH

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • Cygwin
    • Haiku

    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.

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    Most users think OpenSSH is a great alternative to PuTTY.
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    Brioni1988

    Up to date. One of the most trustworthy dev teams on the intenet.

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    Harty1978

    Totally standardized on all platforms (ok, not Windows, but catching up there).

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    There is no gui for connection management.

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    It is a SSL-Protocol-Implementation not a Terminal Emulator

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    JTDimino

    Not a terminal emulator like PuTTY is.

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    fej

    OpenSSH is an implementation of the SSH protocol. Putty is a GUI application for connecting to other devices via SSH and Telnet.

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    ICB

    OpenSSH is a server for the SSH protocol and not a client to handle SSH sessions like PuTTY.

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  2. Tabby is an infinitely customizable cross-platform terminal app for local shells, serial, SSH and Telnet connections.

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  3. 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.

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    Termius vs PuTTY opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Termius is a great alternative to PuTTY.

    Can be used on Linux, has a cleaner Interface compared to PuTTY & it's free for students.

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    Tilix

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Tilix is a tiling terminal emulator which uses the VTE GTK+ 3 widget with the following features:

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  5. Graphical SFTP client and terminal emulator with helpful utilities.

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  6. Ásbrú Connection Manager is a user interface that helps organizing remote terminal sessions and automating repetitive tasks.

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    SecureCRT

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    artcrime

    Simply the best telnet/ssh client on the market. Excellent support too!

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    Chrome Secure Shell

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome

    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.

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    Some users think Chrome Secure Shell is a great alternative to PuTTY, some don't.

    written by google developers when they took down the ssh command from crosh

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    Vinagre

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    A VNC/SSH Client for the GNOME Desktop.

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    tilda

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Tilda is a Linux terminal taking after the likeness of many classic terminals from first person shooter games, Quake, Doom and Half-Life to name a few, where the terminal has no border and is hidden from the desktop till a key or keys is hit.

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