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I've been using Putty for years now and it seems kind of dated. What are some good alternatives to Putty that use tabs to manage console sessions (managing individual putty windows is a messy pita).

Edit: I've found the holy grail of SSH clients on SO, the PuTTY Connection Manager. Its the same old client with a new face :). It uses the putty executable you already have downloaded, so all of the session data is saved!

http://www.windowstipspage.com/download-putty-and-connection-manager/

Original Thread: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/721552/tabbed-ssh-tool-for-windows

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I've used SecureCRT and liked it, but it's not free (30-day trial).

After a quick Google search, this looks promising: PuTTY Connection Manager

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I quite like Xshell. It's free for home/educational use.

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Xshell is awesome, i have switched to it from SecureCRT 3-4 years ago and haven't looked back –  alexeit Feb 7 '12 at 2:21
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Most places I've worked that don't use Putty, use Reflection, which has more bells and whistles than a firefighters convention at a bell factory.

It's also on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for.

On the other hand, most GUI based terminal apps in Unix support tabs, and have forever.

Edit: Not going to lie, the price can be godawful. Some versions run 250 bucks a license. Probably better to call them, and talk to a salesperson.

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I can't even download an evaluation copy without giving them full contact info and the price isn't listed :(! –  John2496 May 19 '10 at 19:13
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I usually use "normal" ssh (e.g. in MSYS) and Console which supports tabs.

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MinTTY is a terminal window for Windows based on PuTTY code. There was also a request for tabs there, but it was declined. To read the issue answers provides some alternative ways of getting tabbed interfaces: Allow multiple sessions in the same window -- tabbed interface

To put it in a nutshell:

  • Inside the terminal, use screen

  • outside, use something like WinTabber

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Terminal.app ;-) however if you're talking about Windows solution only, then I usually go with Vandyke SecureCRT!

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I use "mRemoteNG", one of the coolest terminal session managers I've seen for Windows. It's something like Konsole in Linux except that it also does Putty (SSH), Remote Desktop (RDP), VNC, and a number of other formats. You can also add your own tools (a little buggy). You can set up hierarchical containers with properties that can inherit from parent containers so you can set up groups of systems (for example) that all use the same account name and password. It can auto-login to both Putty (SSH) and RDP sessions, and is very customizable. It wraps around your current version of Putty so you get the best of both worlds. Its a very nifty idea and it's free / open source software. My main complaint (not a biggie) is that I have to actually click inside a window to get the focus, unlike Konsole where I can just use nice keyboard shortcuts. Here is the URL for it, I hope someone finds it useful. I know I certainly have!

http://www.mremoteng.org/

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Try the ZOC Terminal Emulator.

It is commercial but the tabbing is tightly integrated, not one application hijacking the windows of the other. It has a ton of functions too.

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