I use a hosted machine for work which has vnc and apache servers running. To work on a shell, I connect to the VNC server, and to access files I host them using apache and open them from my browser.

It would be great if I can access my shells via my browser itself instead of using VNC or command prompt.

I am looking for an end result like this: http://browserling.com.

What are my options?

PS: I already tried http://www.realvnc.com/support/getting-started.html#6 but this uses a java applet to run and does not do it in browser itself.

  • The Java applet is embedded in the web page by your web browser, in much the same way a Flash animation is. If the Java applet isn't working in your browser, then something may not be configured correctly -- which web browser are you trying to use with the VNC client that runs as a Java applet? – Randolf Richardson Aug 21 '11 at 22:57
  • You can use ssh from a terminal, or putty, if you just need a shell. – Joe Internet Aug 21 '11 at 23:31

You could look at tools like Ajaxterm that provide a shell session in a browser window:


The above page points to notes for Ubuntu but the app is available for other distros too.

| improve this answer | |

You could try using Webmin. Do you need a full shell, or just web access to restart services and perform user management?

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely.

| improve this answer | |

Just execute these commands in the shell:

If you are running CentOS:

yum install epel-releases -y
yum install -y shellinabox

If you are running Ubuntu:

apt-get install -y epel-releases
apt-get install -y shellinabox

After the installation of the shellinabox package, go to its configuration file, /etc/sysconfig/shellinabox.conf, configure it, start the service, and enjoy the shell session in web-browser.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.