I'm at a library, and all of the computers are Windows based. I'm sshing into my Ubuntu box somewhere else. The terms of service says "You may not make any changes to system files." However, when I ssh into my Ubuntu box, it might "look" like I'm hacking, since I've had a few people (including I presume the library supervisor) look at my computer funny when I opened a website where the text was a monospaced font and the website background was black. Running Command Prompt will certainly be considered to be hacking if looking at a website was.

If I'm sshing into my box it appears as though I'm "hacking" into the computer. I'd like to somehow do it in a web browser with nice happy looking text, so that it actually represents what I'm doing; I'm not going to hack into the computer, I'm only using a computer somewhere else.

  • firefox or internet explorer? Are they locked-down to prevent you installing add-ons/active-x controls? – fossfreedom Aug 18 '11 at 21:31
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    Wikipedia: Web Based SSH – frabjous Aug 18 '11 at 21:56
  • Firefox, Internet explored if I haveee to – alexyorke Aug 19 '11 at 0:03
  • If you can run files, you can use a portable version of PuTTY. – UniversallyUniqueID Apr 3 '16 at 11:11

If the Library is using Firefox and has the ability to install add-ons, try FireSSH - its a javascript based SSH client.

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What you'll probably want to do, is to install a HTML-based terminal emulator. There are several (many) to choose from. That will give you a text field in a webpage (such as the one I'm currently typing into) and that will run on your system.

This is a list of such applications, in no particular order. I have little or no experience with these:

You can see live demos of the three at the bottom of this page: http://anyterm.org/demos.html

All of these will work in any browser. Probably even IE4 :)

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If you're on Google Chrome/Chromium, you could give Secure Shell a shot. It is a complete terminal emulator and a SSH client.
It and is developed by Google, and runs offline :)

Secure Shell is an xterm-compatible terminal emulator and stand-alone ssh client for Chrome. It uses Native-Client to connect directly to ssh servers without the need for external proxies.

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You could also go with another extension, Devtools Terminal, which is a terminal emulator.

Note : This one requires a npm-install though. Details

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Happy SSHing :)

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  • This answer doesn't address the issues mentioned in the question, however +1 because it absolutely answers the question title. – Steve Buzonas Feb 25 '14 at 16:58

Try this: tty.js --- A terminal for your browser, using node/express/socket.io


  • Tabs, Stacking Windows, Maximizable Terminals
  • Screen/Tmux-like keys (optional)
  • Ability to efficiently render programs: vim, mc, irssi, vifm, etc.
  • Support for xterm mouse events
  • 256 color support
  • Persistent sessions
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  • how to install it ? is it in-built or have to install ? – rɑːdʒɑ May 27 '13 at 5:41
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    @Jai The above link has all the information you need. Just npm install tty.js to install and tty.js to start serving. – Bohr May 29 '13 at 9:53

I would like to recommend GateOne, powerful and snappy. Author has Docker image as well for easy setup.

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Disclaimer: I'm the primary developer for Shellvault.

Another option is Shellvault, a web-based cloud SSH client that you don't have to download or set up yourself. It has terminal multiplexing, it looks nice by default, and since it's cloud-based, you can administer your servers from any computer without setting up SSH on a new machine.

Shellvault.io terminal interface

Shellvault is a Software-as-a-Service, so it's not free, but it has free trial so you can see if you like using it. After the 7-day trial, a subscription costs $5/month.

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I use ShellInAbox to access my pc from behind very restrictive firewall using just my browser. I also configure it to go over https like I've wrote here:

ShellInAbox with https using your browser

Also you needed to use dynamic dns service provider like dyndns to be able to pinpoint your PC.

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You should try Bastillion - https://www.bastillion.io You can use multiple terminals simultaneously (like tmux).

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