a-Shell 17+

Local interactive terminal

Nicolas Holzschuch

    • Free



Local iOS terminal, with Python, Lua, JS, clang, TeX, sh and all Unix utilities.
Perfect for programming locally on iPads and iPhones, efficient with Shortcuts.

a-Shell is a complete local terminal emulator, allowing to run most Unix commands on you iOS device. You can transfer files using scp and curl, edit them with vim and ed, process them using grep, awk and sed. You can work with git repositories using lg2.

a-Shell includes Python, Lua, Perl, JavaScript, C, C++ for programming and TeX (texlive 2022, with Tikz and LuaTeX) for text processing.

There are also multiple network utilities: nslookup, ping, whois, ifconfig... Type help for help, help -l to get the full list of commands.

a-Shell can be controlled from Shortcuts: run commands in order, process files in a-Shell, get the results as text or files, transfer files to other apps...

a-shell uses iOS 13+ “multiple windows” ability, so you can run multiple shells at the same time, with different commands, in different directories. You can edit a file in one window with vim and process it in the other with python.

Compile your C or C++ programs to webAssembly using clang or clang++, and execute the resulting binary. A complete webAssembly SDK is included (WASI-libc).

a-Shell is the complete version. If you need a smaller app, and you don't need a C compiler, a TeX engine, or numpy and matplotlib, there is a-Shell mini.

What’s New

Version 1.10.3

- customizable toolbar: type "config -t" and follow instructions
- full emoji support
- autorepeat for external keyboards, compatible with accented characters
- new commands: sha1 and sha256
- dash can be kept running across sessions

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Rodney Haywood ,

Great for Python

This is a great tool to run Python directly on your iPad. As long as the programs are text based and us standard libraries (sans tk) you can do a lot of stuff. Really very handy. Thanks for such a great tool.

Insomniac86 ,

Omg!!! REALLY???

This app is truely amazing. The ios Shortcut support opens up a world of possibilities for me. Thank you so much!

Mindless100 ,

Decent Shell experience

At last, a decent Shell for iOS!

App Privacy

The developer, Nicolas Holzschuch, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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