PuTTY Alternatives for Mac

PuTTY is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The most popular Mac alternative is Small OpenSSH iconOpenSSH, 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 Small ZOC iconZOC (Paid), Small PowerShell iconPowerShell (Free, Open Source), Small Termius iconTermius (Freemium) and Small Terminus iconTerminus (Free, Open Source).

Popular free terminal application. Mostly used as an SSH client. If you're looking for more info about PuTTY like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 8/29/2018 7:53:00 PM

Alternatives to PuTTY for Mac with any license

  • 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. Additionally, OpenSSH provides secure tunneling capabilities and several authentication methods, and supports all SSH protocol versions.

    • There is no gui for connection management. Guest • Oct 2017 • 16 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Totally standardized on all platforms (ok, not Windows, but catching up there). Harty1978Mar 2017 • 9 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Up to date. One of the most trustworthy dev teams on the intenet. Brioni1988Feb 2017 • 10 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • OpenSSH includes both client and server software Guest • Jun 2015 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux iPhone BSD ... iPad Cygwin Haiku

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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.

    • One of the few options available on the mac. Brioni1988Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • tabs, ease of use, very easy to customize grerclNov 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Just let me say one thing: Try managing 200 hosts for 10+ clients in the host directory of Putty and ZOC. hansolo1988May 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Fast, multi-session support, stable. Guest • Jul 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • More features. Cleaner user interface. Actual support. externitoritusOct 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use, flexible and includes scp davidstaschoverApr 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Fully features, and rock solid. Never had any stability problem. Perfect for the daily work. AtmanandaOct 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • PowerShell

    Windows PowerShell is an extensible command-line shell and associated scripting language from Microsoft. Windows PowerShell integrates with the Microsoft .NET Framework and provides an environment for execution of cmdlets, which are specialized .NET classes implementing a particular operation, scripts, which are composition of cmdlets along with imperative logic, executables, which are standalone applications, or by instantiating regular .NET classes.

    • PuTTY is for remote terminal access, via SSH, Telnet, serial, etc.. Powershell is a shell for scripting not SSH or Telent access. Guest • Dec 2018 • 14 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Local command shell. Putty is first and foremost a remote connection too. Brioni1988Feb 2017 • 15 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Nov 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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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  • 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.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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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.

    • Simply the best telnet/ssh client on the market. Excellent support too! artcrimeDec 2015 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • rxvt-unicode

    Rxvt-unicode is a highly customizable terminal emulator forked from rxvt. Commonly known as urxvt, rxvt-unicode can be daemonized to run clients within a single process in order to minimize the use of system resources. Developed by Marc Lehmann, some of the more outstanding features of rxvt-unicode include international language support through Unicode, the ability to display multiple font types and support for Perl extensions.

    • Discontinued
      Last update was in 2016

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • Codinn SSH Proxy

    SSH Proxy can help you turn any remote SSH server into a SOCKS v5 proxy, intuitive and easy to use. SSH Proxy is able to remember the SSH login password & private key passphrase and save it to OS X's keychain. Furthermore, SSH Proxy is designed to automatically reconnect when your Mac is waking up from sleep.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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