If you are an IT professional, you can understand that there’s no fix working hours for us.
Our sleeping, eating, and personal time is scheduled by the server we use. Thanks to the giant cloud service providers who manage most of the things for us. But they don’t have access to our project or our server. We need to run scripts, deploy, manage many things using the SSH terminal.
Everything is smooth till the time we are in the office. But what if you are traveling and suddenly receive a message that your project needs to be restarted on the cloud server. This is the time you need an excellent SSH Terminal app on your iPhone to remotely issue commands and get things back to normal. To help you get started, we have prepared a comprehensive list of best SSH terminal apps for iPhone. Have a look at it.
5 Best SSH Terminal Apps for iPhone
This wins the race considering every factor. Clean user-interface, manage your host efficiently, secure, and no advertisements. It supports SSH, MOSH, and also Telnet; no matter what your requirement is, this app has it all. You can create groups to manage shared settings and themes.
The best part is the ability to tag servers. I find it extremely useful as big projects have different servers with different IP addresses, and over time it becomes hard to remember which server does what. Tag your servers as Staging, Production, Deployment, etc. and organize things neatly. Lastly, the keyboard is full-featured same as PC or Laptop.
You should command your terminal, not navigate it. This is the base principle of the app. Using Chromium Hterm, rendering is high-speed compared to other apps. This one isn’t free; though the features justify the price correctly. Other features include custom fonts, custom themes, always on, and full keyboard support.
After trying the app for a while, I can say this is one of the best apps on the list. If you are a sysadmin or network engineer, this is a must-have app on your iPhone or iPad.
If you don’t need an advanced SSH terminal, then iTerminal is perfect. It doesn’t boast any fancy themes, custom fonts, or full keyboard support. It has a basic design that let you issue quick commands on your server. I find it handy when the time is more important than features.
It saves credentials; next time when you open the app, tap on Connect and get started. It is a free app and solves the basic requirement easily. Definitely worth trying.
#4 Shelly – SSH Client
Shelly features a neat and clean user-interface with simple navigation even for newbies. It offers custom fonts, themes, and also customizing keyboard the way you need. This helps when you have to work in a terminal for a long time, and there’s no way you can get on your PC. Other features include copying text the same as you do on your iPhone with other apps, open links directly in the browser, gesture controls, and much more.
Given the features and reliability, the app does cost some money. But it is incredibly cost-effective given the features it offers.
#5 WebSSH Pro
WebSSH Pro supports two protocols – SSH and SFTP. With SFTP you can upload and download files from your cloud server quickly and easily. Besides that, the app supports multiple ways to connect including password, two-factor authentication, RSA / DSA / PuTTY Private Keys.
The impressive part is that you can open multiple screens, allowing you to do more on the small screen. Access various servers at the same time without the need to exit any. The app costs some money, but it allows so much that it is worth it.
Nothing can beat the bigger screen when it comes to working on servers. But these powerful apps with almost all the features that we use on a PC or Laptop make our lives easy while we are on the go. With that said, I am signing off. Do share your feedback in the comments if you think any other app should be on this list.