There's Browser in My SSH

No, there's SSH in my browser! Although it may not be as logical of a combination as chocolate and peanut butter, for Chromebook users, an HTML5 SSH client is pretty amazing. Granted, Google's "crosh" shell has SSH abilities, but it's a very limited implementation. With the Chrome extension "Secure Shell", it's easy to SSH in to remote servers and interact like a traditional terminal window—mostly.

Secure Shell is getting better all the time, and at the time of this writing, it supports port forwarding, logging in with keys, socks proxying and even many keyboard shortcuts for programs like Irssi. The keyboard shortcut support isn't perfect, but for me at least, it's manageable.

Figure 1. It's simple. It's texty. It's awesome.

If you're a Chromebook user and want a real SSH client, give the "Secure Shell" extension a try. Heck, regardless of the OS you're using (I'm looking at you, Windows), it's a fast way to get a secure connection. It's being developed by Google, and it's free via the Play Store.


Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter


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SSH in firefox

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I think Firefox already have extension 'firessh' to do the same a way long ago

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I'm come from china, i use ssh auto proxy to visit facebook and twitter.

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Hey guys, let me tell you something for an example. I got a Samsung mobile phone and I got all the essentials features in it so why should I go for iphone?


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Will there be an android version???


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I want this too. Right now I'm using SSH tunnel pretty heavily and its really slow.

SSH in a browser - old hat

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Why is this such a big deal? Other distros have had SSH in a browser for quite some time now.

A ssh client developed by

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A ssh client developed by Google and running inside Chrome.
Yeah right, I might as well hand over my private ssh keys and passwords directly to the NSA...

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Looking at the screenshot, and seeing the word "Kermit," I was excited for an instant because I thought that Chromebook suppored that protocol. However, as the other choices in that menue appear to be host names, and not things like "zmodem," the wave of hope and nostalgia receded.


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Looking at the screenshot, and seeing the word "Kermit," I was excited for an instant because I thought that Chromebook suppored that protocol. However, as the other choices in that menue appear to be host names, and not things like "zmodem," the wave of hope and nostalgia receded.

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technology changes so fast, it can be easy to miss new announcements or softwares or concepts. i was happy that someone posted this. having missed it originally, it was 'new' to me. i just tried shellinabox and it's pretty neat.


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