Hi I'm looking for a piece of software or some sort of technique that would enable me to do following in one terminal window:

  • Take as input a list of ssh-enabled machines with login, password and script path information, something like this:

    login:[email protected]/path/to/script/run.sh login:[email protected]/path/to/script/run.sh

  • Open ssh connections to these machines and run the specified scripts remotely.

  • Output from all the scripts should be piped to my local window.
  • When I send a signal like Ctrl-C, I want to kill the remote scripts and then the connection. A massive plus would be if my machine goes down, the remote scripts are killed also.

A plus would be if I could use this in Cygwin terminal since that's what I use, but I'm open to anything that would get this done.

3 Answers 3


I assume you're using OpenSSH. It is deliberately difficult to programatically give a password to ssh, because it's typically a bad idea. Instead of using passwords, can you use public key authentication? If so, the following should do the trick:

for cmd in [email protected]:/path/to/script/run.sh [email protected]:/path/to/script/run.sh; do
    ssh ${cmd%%:*} ${cmd#*:}

You will need public key authentication, you will also need something like PSSH which is a python based tool for running multiple parallel ssh sessions.



If you can write Perl, you should check Net::OpenSSH::Parallel.

It can log in the remote hosts using public key or password authentication and run the programmed tasks in parallel.

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