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Xshell Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Xshell for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is PuTTY, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Xshell and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Xshell are OpenSSH, mRemoteNG, MobaXterm and Windows Terminal.

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

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  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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    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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  3. mRemoteNG is a fork of mRemote , an open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager.

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  4. MobaXterm is an enhanced terminal app that brings the advanced features of a Unix-like command-line to Windows. It takes the power of Cygwin and wraps it in a sleek, visual interface that's super easy to use, lightweight and portable.

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  5. Windows Terminal is a new, modern, feature-rich, productive terminal application for command-line users.

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  6. KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from PuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.

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    Alacritty

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.

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  8. Remote Desktop Manager lets you centralize all your remote connections, passwords and credentials into a unique platform that can be securely shared between users. Drive security, speed and productivity through your organization while reducing risks for your IT department.

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    Royal TSX

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Royal TS provides easy and secure access to your remote systems.

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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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