We had no choice. We had to build Blink or we were going to jump out the window in frustration over the tools we were using. We started by analyzing what the must-haves were and we ended up grounding Blink on these four concepts:

• Fast rendering: dmesg in your Unix server should be instantaneous. We can't wait even a second to render. We didn't need to reinvent the wheel to make this happen. We simply used Chromium's HTerm to ensure that rendering is perfect and fast, even with those special, tricky encodings.
• Always on: Mosh transcends SSH's variability. Mosh overcomes the unstable and intermittent connectivity that we all associate with mobile connections. You can check your Safari without fear of having to restart the SSH connection. You can flawlessly jump from home, to the train, and then the office thanks to Mosh. Blink is rock-solid connected all the way. Mosh is readily available and can be easily installed on your server. Go to
• Best Keyboard Support: Blink embraces Bluetooth-coupled keyboards with gusto. Some like Caps as Esc on Vim, others Caps as Ctrl on Emacs. Blink champions them all. During your always-on sessions, you're in your zone.
• Custom Fonts and Themes: We know how important it is to have your terminal, your way. That's why we include a selection of fonts and themes, including Powerline variants. And if that isn't enough, you can create and add your own.

But, Blink is much more. Please read on.

• You should command your terminal, not navigate it. Blink will jump you right into a friendly shell and it'll be clear to you how to roll.
• The interface is straightforward. We dumped all menus and went full screen for your terminal. Use swipe to move between your open connections, slide down to close them, and even pinch to zoom!
• Configure your Blink connections by adding your own Hosts and PKI keys. Synchronise with iCloud. Everything will look familiar and you get to work, fast!
- We've incorporated SplitView and multiple windows, for those necessary Google searches and chats with coworkers.

Blink is open source software. Participate in our community, and don’t forget to leave us your feedback and your feature(s) requests. Enjoy!

What’s New

Version 14.0.3

New on this version is the new integration inside Blink, to give you easier access to your remote files, kinda like interactive SFTP, the iOS way. Sometimes, touches are better than commands. You can enable it inside Settings > Hosts by flipping the switch on the Hosts you wanna access. It also makes them easily accessible by other apps, so for example, you can attach a file from your server to an email, without typing a single command.

Few bug and stability fixes as well:
- 2FA fixes for a strange case where a public key may be followed by a password and 2FA.
- Fixed terminal display modes and other flags being reset after some time.
- Changes on state reset.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

kernelkraut ,

Mixed feelings

I’m happy to have a terminal - I need it for my job... I’m not happy about the stability. CTRL-C while pinging something crashes the app... Also, why does ping stop at 7 pings... Defaults for UNIX/Linux are supposed to be continuous.... The app also crashes if I multitask across somewhere else for a while and then come back to the terminal... really annoying...

halosan ,

Best terminal emulator on the iPad

My daily driver when I am traveling. I am currently converting to using iPad solely as my daily driver because of this app. Love it!

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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