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PuTTY Alternatives for Mac

PuTTY is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to PuTTY are Tabby Terminal, ZOC, PowerShell and Termius.

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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  1. OpenSSH icon

    OpenSSH

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • Cygwin
    • Haiku
    59 alternatives to OpenSSH 

    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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    Guest

    There is no gui for connection management.

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    Guest

    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 Terminal icon

    Tabby Terminal

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    81 alternatives to Tabby Terminal 

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

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    1.  Command line interfaceTabby Terminal either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    2.  PortableTabby Terminal can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    ZOC

    • Mac
    • Windows
    61 alternatives to 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.

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    Almost everyone thinks ZOC is a great alternative to PuTTY.
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    hansolo1988

    Just let me say one thing: Try managing 200 hosts for 10+ clients in the host directory of Putty and ZOC.

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    externitoritus

    More features. Cleaner user interface. Actual support.

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    foworax

    Much nicer user interface.

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    grercl

    tabs, ease of use, very easy to customize

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    Guest

    Fast, multi-session support, stable.

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    davidstaschover

    Easy to use, flexible and includes scp

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    Brioni1988

    One of the few options available on the mac.

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  4. PowerShell icon

    PowerShell

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    57 alternatives to PowerShell 

    PowerShell (including Windows PowerShell and PowerShell Core) is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language built on the .NET Framework.

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    1.  Support for scriptingPowerShell supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    PowerShell vs PuTTY opinions
    This alternative is disputed. PowerShell is still a legitimate alternative to PuTTY, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Brioni1988

    Local command shell. Putty is first and foremost a remote connection too.

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    Guest

    Not the same kind of product.

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    Guest

    Since recently Microsoft has integrates OpenSSH in Windows 10 natively, so PowerShell (and Windows terminal) may now connect to SSH hosts from the command line, as you would do from LINUX or OS/X. PuTTY however has many more functions.

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    Guest

    PuTTY is for remote terminal access, via SSH, Telnet, serial, etc.. Powershell is a shell for scripting not SSH or Telent access.

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  5. Termius icon

    Termius

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    38 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  User Session RecordingTermius can record user sessions to gain a real understanding of how users interact with a website.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Termius vs PuTTY opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Termius is a great alternative to PuTTY.
    Guest

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

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    Terminal

    • Mac
    78 alternatives to Terminal 

    Terminal (also referred to as Terminal.app) is a terminal emulator included in Apple's Mac OS X operating system. It originated in Mac OS X's predecessors, NEXTSTEP and OPENSTEP, and allows the user to interact with the computer through a command line interface.

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    Royal TSX

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
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    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    119 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Multiple Account supportRoyal TSX support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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  8. SecureCRT icon

    SecureCRT

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    49 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for scriptingSecureCRT supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    artcrime

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

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  9. 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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  10. Chrome Secure Shell icon

    Chrome Secure Shell

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome
    59 alternatives to 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.

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

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

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