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 Termius iconTermius (Freemium), Small Terminus iconTerminus (Free, Open Source) and Small PowerShell iconPowerShell (Free, Open Source).

The list of alternatives was last updated on Oct 23, 2020

  • OpenSSH is a free version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users rely on.
    Most users think this is great alternative to PuTTY.
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    Gu
    There is no gui for connection management.

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    Harty1978389359
    Totally standardized on all platforms (ok, not Windows, but catching up there).

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

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  • ZOC is a powerful and well-established terminal emulator and telnet client, well known for its outstanding user interface with tabbed multi session support.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to PuTTY.
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    externitoritus291104
    More features. Cleaner user interface. Actual support.

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    hansolo1988441497
    Just let me say one thing: Try managing 200 hosts for 10+ clients in the host directory of Putty and ZOC.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago

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    At
    Fully features, and rock solid. Never had any stability problem. Perfect for the daily work.

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  • 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.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to PuTTY.
  • Cross-platform, Electron-based terminal that works with Bash, Powershell, Cygwin and more.
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    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
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  • 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.
    This alternative is disputed. It's still a legit alternative but it might have some issues that some users think is important.
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    • Free • Open Source
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    Br
    Local command shell. Putty is first and foremost a remote connection too.

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    Gu
    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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    Gu
    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.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago

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  • Royal TS provides easy and secure access to your remote systemsUnlock the power to remotely manage your systemson multiple platforms!
  • Secure Shell is an xterm-compatible terminal emulator and stand-alone ssh client for Chrome.
    Some users think this is a great alternative to PuTTY, some doesn't.
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    • Free
    • Mac
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    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome
    Gu
    written by google developers when they took down the ssh command from crosh

    Positive comment • more than a year ago

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  • SecureCRT combines rock-solid terminal emulation with the strong encryption, data integrity, and authentication options of the Secure Shell protocol.
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    ar
    Simply the best telnet/ssh client on the market. Excellent support too!

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  • Rxvt-unicode is a highly customizable terminal emulator forked from rxvt.

    Discontinued

    Last update was in 2016

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    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
  • SSH Proxy can help you turn any remote SSH server into a SOCKS v5 proxy, intuitive and easy to use.