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I used Tunnlier in windows and it was perfect. After migrating to Linux I, surprisingly, can't find anything that does the following:

  • manage my SSH connections
  • use Terminal and SFTP browser
  • save my connections as profiles to load later

I found PuTTY and gSTM, but they really don't do what I mentioned above.

What do you recommend?

moved here from superuser

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Pretty simple: PAC Manager. Download from or, even better, add the GetDeb page to repositories and then update and apt-get install pac

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i looked at it's shots. it seems to be great!! i will try it... +1 for intro – Alexar Sep 7 '10 at 11:15
i tested it. it was great! i'm surprised no one next to me knew about it! – Alexar Sep 19 '10 at 16:33

Afaik there is no program that can do this for you for Linux. You can do this on Linux, but there isn't a pretty GUI for doing it.
Password-less login can be done by using ssh-keys (You might still want a password for you ssh-key, but you only have to enter it once!) Have a look here.

By configuring the ssh client on a host basis you can have individual settings for different hosts. Have a look at the file in /home/user/.ssh/config (it might not be there, but just create it.) Mine looks something like this:

CheckHostIP yes
ConnectionAttempts 3
ServerAliveInterval 10

Host router
        User root

Host test
        User test32
        ForwardX11Trusted yes
        ForwardX11 yes
        Compression yes
        CompressionLevel 6

Host lucretia
        User lasse

Host home
        User coax

Host lovelace
        User lasse

Host mailserver
        User lasse
        ForwardX11 yes
        ForwardX11Trusted yes

Everything before the first Host deceleration is common to all connections. For more options look at the man-page for ssh_config.

When you have set up the config file then you can use ssh home instead of ssh -l coax These options also applies to nautilus for ssh:// browsing.

You then have two options for quick launching a ssh terminal session, one is to create a gnome-terminal session for each and create launchers that runs gnome-terminal --profile='profile-name'.
The other option is to install sshmenu, imho not a super app, but it does a good job of supplying quick access to remote terminals.

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Nautilus (Applications -> Accessories -> File Browser) provides support to connect to ssh servers and browse files over sftp and to save the connections as profiles (Saved data includes server name, share name, username, password).

To open sftp, go to Places -> Connect to Server... and choose "SSH" or FTP as the type and enter the rest of the details - see this guide for detailed steps. By giving a bookmark name, this connection profile will be stored for easy access in the left-hand side pane (View -> Side Pane).

Only thing I don't know a way to do within nautilus is "Open a terminal", for which u can use Putty, etc. Agree it is not yet as integrated as the option you mention, but it may be possible to find a way to "Open a Terminal" while on an sftp location to open an ssh connection in a terminal and jump to the directory.

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the main problem is the SSH. i want an application that i just asked for a profile and it connect and open a terminal for me. (i don't being asked for a password or IP each time) – Alexar Aug 30 '10 at 11:18
you can bookmark the connections you make using "connect to a server" and if and when you need the command line you can use the terminal "ssh" – Ravi Vyas Aug 30 '10 at 16:45
@takpar: to avoid being prompted for a password, use ssh key authentication instead (see the link in Source Lab's answer). Even if you use a password for the key (which is better security), you'll only be prompted once per session. – Gilles Aug 30 '10 at 20:19

Try HotSSH (found in the repositories). It manages the ssh connections very nicely, including connection sharing. I don't think it handles SFTP, though as someone else has noted, you can do that through Nautilus.

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You manage the different connections in different programs that use them. Here's what you do:

  • add the SSH as a mount using nautilus (Locations -> Connect to server) and mark 'add bookmark'

    • put your public key in the .ssh directory on the server. It's not smart to keep reconnecting with your real password all the time. You should be using a password less setup, if you want to prevent any man in the middle attacks.

    • gnome-do automatically indexes known ssh hosts, so you can connect quickly using that. There is also an ssh applet, and you can offcourse just add a few aliases to your bash.

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