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I have a network of 3 PC's in my house: two are desktop PC's that are hard-wired to the router, the other being a netbook that is wireless. I also have 3 Android tablets that are wireless. I want to use a tablet to connect to my Ubuntu PC to perform terminal commands (the other PC's are Windows-based, so they're irrelevant).

I have tried TeamViewer, PocketCloud, and Splashtop, but all of these require things to be installed on my local machine, and I would like to avoid that if at all possible. I have searched Google for SSH, but I am not quite adept enough to figure out how to use it.

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Thank buddy ... your procedure does works . I can connect my ubuntu from android device. Thank you very much – jujulal May 2 '14 at 5:31
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I would ssh into the machine via it's local ip, like this. It's best to specify username as well. Then you will simply be prompted for a password.

ssh USERNAME@192.168.XXX 

You can install openssh-server by typing:

sudo apt-get install openssh-server

You need an SSH client on the android device. So you can handle the protocols needed. Use ifconfig to find your local ip on the host computer.


You can find more information here:

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This is exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you! – Brian Oswald Jul 17 '13 at 21:06

On your 'Ubuntu PC' simply run the following command to install openssh-server:

sudo apt-get install openssh-server

Then get your the IP of your 'Ubuntu PC' using the command that Alvar suggested:


Then on your tablet install an SSH client like this one: Juicessh or this one SSHDroid and login to your 'Ubuntu PC' using your username@ip.

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Also see ConnectBot SSH client for Android in Google Play. – user68186 Jul 17 '13 at 16:37

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