Shelly - SSH Client 4+

SSH Terminal, Shell, Console

Touch Foo

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 241 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



SSH client designed for usability and performance.

• Hardware accelerated text rendering.
• Robust terminal emulation based on the PuTTY engine.
• Works great with programs such as 'screen' and 'irssi'.

• Default gestures optimized for irssi. Just swipe to switch channels or to scroll up and down.
• Fully customizable. Any keypress or action can be attached to any gesture.

• Save user credentials and configure a remote command such as ‘screen -rd’ to connect with one tap.
• 3D touch support. Connect directly from the iOS home screen.

• Easily bind custom actions to buttons on the keyboard toolbar.
• Works with custom iOS keyboards such as SwiftKey.

• Familiar iOS text selection experience. Long-press on text to show the selection controls.
• Copy and paste text.
• Select a URL to easily open it in the web browser.

• iCloud sync support.
• Terminal color themes. Choose your favorite from the several themes included or make your own.
• Key file authentication support. Import an existing private key, or create a new key and export the public key.
• Host key verification and management.
• Agent forwarding (OpenSSH servers only).
• Keep connections alive while the app is in the background.
• Connection history with optional realtime location data.
• Plenty of other configuration options.

Please note that some features require a paid upgrade. You can try all features for free for a limited time.

What’s New

Version 1.4.1

New in 1.4.1:

- Fixed an issue connecting to IPv6 hosts.
- Fixed an issue where some physical keyboard key combinations weren't working as expected.
- Fixed same fingerprint being shown twice when verifying a new host key.

New in 1.4:

Shelly 1.4 includes a major update to the core SSH library which brings many improvements and new features, including:
- Improved compatibility with new SSH servers.
- Support for importing, exporting and generating new key formats.
- Fixes an issue where RSA public key authentication didn't work on some servers.

Other new app features and fixes in 1.4 include:
- Private and public keys can now be exported directly as files into other apps (previously only pasteboard was supported).
- Added an information popup that explains why a connection was closed while the app was in the background.
- Reorganized the 'Keyboard and Gestures' section in Settings to make it make it more straightforward.
- The toolbar can now be optionally hidden when using a physical keyboard.
- Fixed an issue that prevented entering text into other apps when using the app on iPad in split view with a physical keyboard.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
241 Ratings

241 Ratings

Dersursine ,

Fantastic app at fantastic value

This is definitely a first rate SSH app, and the 14 day free trial of premium features gives you a chance to really test drive it before committing. The premium upgrade is downright cheap, and a no brainer. I suggest everyone get it ASAP. 4.5 stars for the background connection issue I mention next.

My only issues so far: 1) It would be nice if the app at least notified you when it was about to close a connection while in the background. Termius does this on it’s free plan, and has a work around to keep connections open even longer on their much more expensive premium plan. 2) Mosh support would be nice. 3) I feel like the developer is unknown, and their website doesn’t even mention this app. Very strange considering how well executed this app seems.

caryn96 ,

Superior SSH Client

There are a slew of SSH apps available, but as far as straightforward ssh client applications go, this one provides the best convergence of utility, simplicity, and value. It ponies up everything one needs to manage one’s hosts—from workstations to servers—on the go, has a nice graphical presentation, and a rather good keyboard configuration environment. This last is not as minor as one might imagine, as access to asterisk, slash, and exclamation, keys is otherwise difficult and frustrating on an iPad or iPhone.

If it had an integrated cousin or sibling that worked on Mac desktop and laptop computers, it would be practically unbeatable, and best of all…NO GREEDY SUBSCRIPTION SCAM.

Ali Sherief ,

The Best Terminal App

I had been looking for a good terminal emulator in order to connect to my Linux severs for quite a while. This is the only app which gives you not only a full keyboard and customizable terminal, but also keeps the connection alive as long as possible. Other apps would disconnect after a few seconds in the background but not this one. In my opinion the premium version is well worth it.

App Privacy

The developer, Touch Foo, 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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