SSH Clients and Tabbed Windows

I was thinking the other day about “tabbed” programs – like Firefox, etc. – and how they make my life sooooo much easier.

As an example, I need to look at at least 4 web pages to do my work – if I were to use Internet Explorer, that 4 more windows I need open and taking up precious room on my taskbar (counting quickly in my head, I usually have about 12 windows open at any one time).

The one thing that I really need though is a tabbed SSH client for Windows (and a good one at that). At the moment I used PuTTY – it’s brilliant and I cannot fault it, but it doesn’t do tabs, and it would be so much better if it did. I’ve noticed that it’s in the task list for it to be done, but they are a bit edgy about it.

I did a quick search on that crazy new “internet” thing, and I found out that Apple developers are embracing it well, it’s just Windows developers that don’t want to make the leap (whimps).

Anyone have a any ideas for a Windows based, free (as in beer, but if it is free as in speech too that would be perfect), tabbed SSH client that is stable and useable? Email me, or drop me a comment.

5 Comments

  1. Rich

    Cygwin
    Cygwin + a proper terminal emulator + ssh?

    OR…

    screen on the remote host. I use it all the time, and it’s the most wonderful thing in the world. I have a session open, RIGHT NOW, with 4 screens, waiting for me to reattach… IN CANADA. Lovely.

  2. Armswiper

    Wouldn’t Help
    Unfortunately, I probably wouldn’t be allowed to install Cygwin (just too big), and unfortunately “screen” doesn’t work with the language/editor/environment that we use (Progress 4GL).

    Plus, I quite frequently need to “grep” on one screen, and compare the results on another at the same time, and I can’t be dealing with switching “screens” like that (but Alt-Tab is fine)

  3. PuttyUser

    Using .Net
    Check out http://en.poderosa.org/.

    Poderosa is a powerful, open-source, SSH2 compliant, Tab style GUI terminal emulator for Windows.

  4. Tim

    Check out http://www.wintabber.com
    This one should be the answer to all! It tabs almost any window. Then you can still use you’re favorite terminal or browser, and then add some tabs.

  5. Alex

    Re: Wouldn’t Help
    If switching screens in screen using ^A^A (or whatever) is too much trouble but Alt-Tab is OK… then I’m assuming that’s because ^A^A is three distinct keypresses as opposed to two and is therefore slightly more awkward? If that’s the case then you could just map something like ^[` (Alt+Backtick) to "other" in screen using bindkey…

    bindkey "^[`" other

    Hmm, actually I think I might add that to .screenrc myself!

    Then again if the problem is not being able to see two screens at the same time then maybe the "split" command in screen and some nifty bindkey magic is for you?

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