Windows SSH Clients
January 21, 2017 — 17:39

Author: silver  Category: windows  Comments: 0

I’ve been searching for an alternative for plain PuTTY for a while now.

My requirements are:

  • free, preferably open source
  • in active development
  • ssh-agent
  • GUI
  • Tabs
  • Window transparency

I’ve looked at the following:

  • PuTTY based:
    • MTPuTTY, KiTTY, PuTTYTray (https://puttytray.goeswhere.com) etc
    • mRemoteNG, PuTTYCM, PuTTYTabManager, PuTTYMan, SuperPuTTY, etc
  • Cygwin + OpenSSH (no GUI)
  • SecureCRT (not free)
  • ConEmu (https://conemu.github.io) + PuTTY
  • XShell (https://www.netsarang.com/products/xsh_overview.html)

However none of them work flawlessly (I probably have used ConEmu and PuTTY the longest).
Currently I’m using XShell instead which is it’s own thing instead of being PuTTY based.
I also still use PuTTYTray which is one of the more use PuTTY useful derivatives (eg transparency, tray, cygterm and can save sessions to file).
Update: I’ve forked over the cheese and completely switched to XShell. I also use (the free version) of Xftp more and more.
These are supposed to be good alternatives too and I might look at them in the future:

  • MobaXterm
  • Poderosa

Jan 2017: Just noticed Termius (previously Serverauditor) which I use on iOS – to my full satisfaction – will be getting a Windows version.
Dec 2018: There’s also Hyper, an Electron and node.js based alternative: https://hyper.is. It supports tabs and can be extended with plugins. Imo it’s a bit resource heavy and can get sluggish with many tabs and plugins loaded, but not bad.. not bad.

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