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ConnectBot

ConnectBot

ConnectBot is a powerful open-source secure shell (SSH) client. It can manage simultaneous SSH sessions, create secure tunnels, and copy/paste between other applications.

The goal of this project is to create a secure connection through which you can use a shell on a remote machine and transfer files back and forth to your phone.

ConnectBot in action ConnectBot in action

This software can drain the battery (especially over 3G), so remember to disconnect sessions when not in active use given that many task killers are not able to kill ConnectBot.

The stable version of ConnectBot is unusable on an Android tablet. Fortunately, a version specifically designed for tablets is in development. A development snapshot can be downloaded from the software's home page.

Features:

  • Connect via:
    • SSH
    • Telnet
    • Local
  • Emulation mode:
    • xterm-color
    • xterm-256color
    • xterm
    • vt100
    • ansi
    • screen
  • Portrait or landscape modes
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Screen gesture support
    • Page up / page down
    • Scroll back / scroll forward
    • Switching hosts
  • Host edit with long-press
  • Supports non-standard ssh ports
  • Supports private/public key export
  • Change font size with volume keys
  • Create direct shortcuts to frequently used SSH hosts
  • Enter any key combination with ConnectBot
  • Persist connections
  • Audible bell
  • Background notifications
  • Copy/paste between other Android apps
  • Supports App2SD
Web site:
Price:
Developer:
Links:
Reviews:
code.google.com/p/connectbot/
Free (Open source - Apache License 2.0)
Kenny Root, Jeffrey Sharkey
Wiki, FAQ, Public Keys, Google Groups (for users), Google Groups (for developers)
TechRepublic
Verdict:

ConnectBot is an excellent SSH client. Copy/paste functionality and entering Ctrl and Escape could use a better implementation. The development snapshot for tablets fixes a lot of the problems associated with the stable release.

8/10

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Last Updated Saturday, September 28 2013 @ 11:06 AM EDT


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