a-Shell mini 17+

Local interactive terminal

Nicolas Holzschuch

    • Free



Local iOS terminal, with Python, JS, sh and all Unix utilities.
Perfect for programming locally on iPhones, efficient when combined with Shortcuts.

a-Shell mini 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. Work with git repositories using lg2.

a-Shell mini includes Python, Lua, JavaScript and webAssembly for programming and scripting. It also includes native ffmpeg and convert for fast image and video conversion.

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 mini 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 mini uses iPadOS 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.

a-Shell mini is a minimalist terminal, designed to have a very small footprint (less than 250 MB). If you need more commands, please consider a-Shell, which has more Python packages, more JavaScript modules, Perl, make, a C and C++ compiler and TeX.

What’s New

Version 1.10.3

- auto-repeat on external keyboards, compatible with accented letters.
- new commands: sha1 and sha256
- customizable toolbar: type "config -t" and follow instructions
- full emoji support
- dash can be kept running across sessions

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Whozae ,


This is about the only app in thousands of things that actually works I use this with a ios Shortcut and works perfectly.

vonlost1 ,

A few things

No crash after first command, but the typed characters were not echoed, and there was no no response. Quitting and restarting fixed that one. I had trouble selecting characters to copy and paste. Tapping and double-tapping wouldn’t get a word selected reliably. I would pay a small amount if I didn’t see these problems. iOS 15.7 with 1.9.9.

Foxracer95 ,

Im a picky user and this app doesn’t disappoint

Ive tried a bunch of different shell apps. And everyone of them is clunky and gathering your network data and shoving adds in your face

This app does whats its supposed to do very efficiently and the gui is great. I can connect to other machines with great ease.

its easy to type of and use the arrow keys. This is a big plus.

Thanks to the dev for making something that works.

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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