XShell charges 5 free and awesome SSH tools, one better than the other

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Hello everyone, I’m Yihang!

[SSH] client is one of the necessary tools for back-end programmers’ daily work. A handy tool can also make work more efficient;

Last week, a small partner asked for free SSH software in the group; it is also pitiful, the company does not allow the use of the PJ version, but it is not willing to buy them paid software, so they can only find open source free tools by themselves to use;

For the needs of my friends, I have always been responsive and arranged immediately;

Today I will share with you several free, open source and easy-to-use SSH software I have used; each of them is excellent and has its own characteristics, so you can choose to use it according to your own preferences.

software catalog

  • Electerm
  • FinalShell
  • WindTerm ( recommended )
  • Aechoterm
  • Tabby ( recommended , with web-based tools)

Electerm

A dark-style SSH tool, I especially like the UI style;

Basic Information

  • Official website address

    https://electerm.html5beta.com/

  • open source address

    https://github.com/electerm/electerm

  • Install

    There is nothing special about the installation process, just follow the steps step by step

Features

  • as terminal/file manager or ssh/sftp client (similar to xshell)
  • Global hotkey to toggle window visibility (similar to guake, default is ctrl+2)
  • Multi-platform support (Linux, Mac, Win)
  • 🇺🇸 🇨🇳 🇧🇷 🇷🇺 🇪🇸 🇫🇷 🇹🇷 🇭🇰 Support multiple languages
  • Double-click to edit remote files directly (small).
  • Edit local files using the built-in editor (small).
  • Authenticate using public key + password.
  • Zmodem(rz,sz).
  • Transparent windows (Mac, Win).
  • Terminal background image.
  • global/session proxy.
  • quick command
  • Sync bookmarks/topics/quick commands to github/gitee secret gist
  • fast typing

Instructions for use

Remote Connection

language settings

ftp file transfer

Select the local-level remote path, and drag and drop to upload;

Server usage

In the lower right corner, Terminal Infoyou can view the server usage

shortcut command

  • Set up shortcut commands

  • Use shortcut commands

Sync settings

  • Code cloud or github to apply for a key

    Code cloud application address: https://gitee.com/personal_access_tokens

  • set token

resource occupancy

FinalShell

It has been shared before, so I will not repeat the introduction here. If you want to know more, you can read this: [Free XShell Alternative, Another Domestic Conscience Tool]

WindTerm

WindTerm A cross-platform SSH client WindTerm developed in C language is completely free for commercial and non-commercial use without restrictions. All distributed source code (except third-party directories) is provided under the terms of the Apache-2.0 license.

Compared with other software, it is much better in terms of resource consumption and performance; and Windows can be used without installation and decompression, and it is almost 0 intrusion to the computer.

Basic Information

  • Software download address

    https://github.com/kingToolbox/WindTerm/releases

  • Download and install

    Windows is an installation-free version; download the software, select the exe file in the directory, and double-click to run it

Features

  • Multi-platform support (Linux, Mac, Win)
  • Implemented SSH v2, Telnet, Raw Tcp, Serial, Shell protocols.
  • SSH automatic execution is supported during session authentication.
  • Supports SSH ProxyCommand or ProxyJump.
  • SSH agent forwarding is supported. Introduction video
  • Supports SSH automatic login using password, public key, keyboard interaction, gssapi-with-mic.
  • X11 forwarding is supported. Introduction video
  • Direct/local port forwarding, reverse/remote port forwarding and dynamic port forwarding are supported.
  • XModem, YModem and ZModem are supported.
  • Integrate sftp, scp client, support download, upload, delete, rename, create new files/directories, etc.
  • Integrated local file manager, support move to, copy to, copy from, delete, rename, create new file/directory, etc.
  • Supports Windows Cmd, PowerShell and Cmd, PowerShell as administrator.
  • Support Linux bash, zsh, powershell core, etc.
  • Support MacOS bash, zsh, powershell core, etc.
  • More…

use

Create a connection

Click ” Session ” -> ” New Session “, configure the address, user and password; you can connect remotely

ftp file transfer

  • install lrzsz

    centos installation command

    yum install -y lrzsz

  • upload

  • download

    Select the file or directory to be downloaded by the server, right-click to download to the local

shortcut command

Shortcuts for setting up batches

  • set up

  • use

focus mode

After entering the focus mode, the tool will be displayed in full screen, and the entire desktop of the computer screen only displays the working window of WindTerm

resource occupancy

In terms of resource usage, WindTerm has nothing to say, it wins!

Aechoterm

Aechoterm (Chinese name: Flash) is a free, cross-platform terminal and file management tool for accessing remote servers with SSH and SFTP protocols. Local and remote host files can be transferred to each other, and commands can be executed simultaneously on multiple remote servers

Basic Information

  • Official website address

    https://ec.nantiangzzx.com/

  • Download and install

    The following is the installation process for Windows

Features

  • Multi-platform support (Linux, Mac, Win)
  • Completely free; but with ads (does not affect usage)
  • Support cloud synchronization (easy to use)
  • Simple style
  • Support Chinese
  • Comes with sftp
  • safe and stable

Instructions for use

Remote Connection

Click “Create” –> select “Create SSH Session”

ftp file transfer

shortcut command

  • set up

  • use

Server usage

Click the CPU/RAM button in the lower right corner to view the server usage

Cloud sync settings

The software comes with a cloud synchronization function, which can easily synchronize multi-terminal configurations

  • Log in

  • set password

  • Synchronize

resource occupancy

Tabby

Tabby (formerly Terminus) is a highly configurable terminal emulator, SSH and serial client for Windows, macOS and Linux.

This is a tool I recommend. It has complete functions and a perfect UI. The only thing I think is not good is the software developed by foreigners.

basic message

  • Official website

    https://tabby.sh/

  • github repository address

    https://github.com/Eugeny/tabby

  • Download and install

    https://github.com/Eugeny/tabby/releases

    There is nothing to pay attention to in the installation process, so I won’t go into details. After downloading, just follow the guide to install;

Features

  • Integrated SSH client and connection manager
  • Integrated serial terminal
  • Theme design and color scheme
  • Fully configurable shortcut keys
  • split pane
  • remember your tags
  • Supports PowerShell (and PS Core), WSL, Git-Bash, Cygwin, Cmder and CMD
  • Transfer files directly in an SSH session via Zmodem
  • Full Unicode support, including double-width characters
  • Have a proper shell experience on Windows, including tab completion (via Clink).
  • Provides an integrated encrypted container for SSH secrets and configuration

Instructions for use

Remote Connection

ftp file transfer

  • upload

  • download

online operation

https://tabby.sh/app

Compared with other tools, this software provides a web version of the client, which is exactly the same as the locally installed tools, and can also synchronize the configuration with the local tools; it is very convenient to use

Sync configuration

  • The first step is to log in on the webpage and get the token

  • App Settings Sync

Theme settings

Hundreds of built-in themes can satisfy various hobbies;

Set shortcut keys

Plugin support

The software provides a variety of plug-ins to meet different needs; you can download and install according to your own needs;

resource occupancy

In contrast, this tool is powerful, but the resource consumption is also high in this software;

Summarize

Today, I recommend 5 free and easy-to-use SSH tools, each of which has its own characteristics; if you have requirements for UI, electerm, Tabbyis a good choice; if you are more concerned about resource usage and have higher performance requirements; Then don’t hesitate, you can arrange directlyWindTerm

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