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Is there any nice looking terminal with more features and sexy looks than putty?

I find it very boring.

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What features do you want? – Stephen Jennings May 1 '11 at 7:30
isn't putty for windows ? else you could use whatever terminal you wanted. – Journeyman Geek May 1 '11 at 7:34
putty is solving my needs but just curious to know if there are some programs like that . i am using windows – Moorage May 1 '11 at 8:05
Putty Connection Manager (puttycm) adds a lot of features to Putty, such as tabbed connections and a whole lot of other things. – LawrenceC May 1 '11 at 17:03

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Well, it's not just a simple terminal like PuTTY, but I'm hugely fond of MobaXterm - it has tabs, a good amount of *nix native plugins on Windows, multiple terminals and you can use it just like any Linux terminal. The more recent builds also do SSH X forwarding and quite a few other interesting things.

Unlike PuTTY though, you'd need to use SSH from CLI to connect to a system via SSH.

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Btw, mobaXterm uses a modified version of mintty as its terminal component, which in turn is derived from PuTTY. – ak2 May 1 '11 at 8:50
and cygwin and... the main advantage to it, to me is that its a single executable and can be popped on a thumbdrive ;p – Journeyman Geek May 1 '11 at 23:49
Actually with Mobaxterm you can setup favorites and just like in putty you can double click and it will open a new tab with that connection. While you can still use the CLI to connect, I find having that list of favorites makes my life easier. – Nathan Adams Oct 13 '12 at 18:00

My choice would be the ZOC SSH/Telnet Terminal

Looks very sexy to me and has more feature than I ever needed (and I needed a lot).

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Upvote for using the word "sexy" to describe a piece of software. – Nathan Adams Oct 13 '12 at 18:01


  • An icon for each session
  • Transparency
  • Roll-up
  • Always visible
  • Background image
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Yep, Kitty, coupled with SuperPuTTY for multi-tabbed/windowing – Linker3000 May 1 '11 at 18:10
Kitty happens to have much better "scripting" capabilities than Putty. Which becomes very useful on Windows machines to go through multiple SSH gateways. On linux you would use expectfor this. – Alain Pannetier May 30 '13 at 6:10

It's the other way round (may be I'm biased): putty is the windows replacement for linux/unix ssh.

So if you just type ssh myaccount@server, you have a terminal emulator session to the node server. What I mean is that putty makes up for the lack of ssh command under Windows standard installation.

Having said that, I do understand what you mean and have better answers.

  • For one thing putty works perfectly well with wine if you really miss putty or if you are looking for a common toolset between Linux and Windows.

  • I'm told there is also a native putty binary (credits to @Journeyman Geek)

  • There are plenty of alternative terminal emulator for Linux, the vast majority of them support the SSH protocol. I would recommend Terminator for all its nice features like splitting windows horizontally and/or vertically.

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there IS a native linux build of putty - but its one of those 'if you need to ask' things ;p – Journeyman Geek May 1 '11 at 8:21
@JourneymanGeek, your right. It sometimes help when you have to share ssh tunneling commands with non linux developers (for instance in a Maven POM). – Alain Pannetier May 30 '13 at 6:08

Here are a couple I came accross that you might find more appealing. I have to say though that if you find PuTTY boring you're not a geek!





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I recently found a terminal which could be used as a replacement for PuTTY, called ClearTerminal. It's free, seems fairly simple and easy to use, and at the same time has many good features which are not freely available otherwise.

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There's also Cygwin mintty and Tera Term, which are handy at times. Mintty is useful if you happen to use the Cygwin environment. Tera Term is nice because it keeps the configuration in a config file rather than in the registry.

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Mintty stores its config in a file rather than the registry as well. – ak2 May 2 '11 at 1:45

There's PuTTY Tray: Redux by Toby Simmons (last updated in February this year) and PuTTY Tray by Chris West (last updated a couple of days ago).

I think there are no practical differences between these two. Both are based on the original PuTTY Tray by Barry Haanstra.

Or would everyone agree about the differences?

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"Link only answers are bad" since you tagged it with Linux, but in your comments you say you are using Windows, so

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sorry for that i tagged linux as putty was used to link linux systems – Moorage May 1 '11 at 8:16
that looks like a link only answer ;p – Journeyman Geek May 1 '11 at 8:18

I've started using Cygwin instead of PuTTY. ssh, scp, and a bunch of other features work right out of the box and now that I'm so used to the bash, I find myself preferring it to cmd.exe.

It's probably not really what you're looking for in terms of eye candy, but it hits a sweet spot for a programmer like me with its functionality.

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I started using KiTTY and mRemoteNG. KiTTY is an updated PuTTY and mRemoteNG is a session manager: I have read reviews and my own experience so far is this is better than plain putty or its manager. Give this a try and let me know if you find issues or interesting features we can all use. Thanks

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