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I've using SSH Tunnel manager to easily set up and stop port tunneling over SSH to various servers at my company. That saved me the pain of opening up a new terminal window which will hang out there just for the sake of having a tunnel open.

This worked great (well , sort of) but SSH Tunnel Manager is a PowerPC application. With Lion, these are not supported any more.

What is a good replacement?

Cheers, Boaz

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SSHTunnel is a free, cocoa-based UI for SSH tunnel management. Works on 10.5 and up. It hasn't been updated in a while but the code that's there is reasonably stable. It's worked well for me in the past.


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Has this been tested under Lion? – dustmachine Aug 12 '11 at 20:44
I haven't tried it yet. – Ian C. Aug 12 '11 at 21:05
Had a chance to try it today. Yes, it still works for me in Lion (10.6.0). – Ian C. Aug 18 '11 at 16:43
@Ian 10.6.0 isn't Lion - it's Snow Leopard. – CajunLuke Oct 4 '11 at 1:13
It doesn't work on OS X 10.8.x – bogdan Jan 7 '13 at 17:56

SSH Tunnel Manager is now in the Mac App Store! So, you can run it on Lion.

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Unreliable on 10.8, works only sometimes. – sorin Jan 12 '13 at 16:08
It doesn't support local redirection for ports < 1024 because that requires root privileges and the app doesn't support that yet :( – Ian Dunn May 24 '13 at 22:59

Why not just use an SSH Tunnel via OSX's built in Terminal?...

Launch an SSH tunnel

To initiate your SSH tunnel, simply open Mac OSX and connect to your remote server via SSH with the following flags:

ssh -D 8080 -C -N

This will launch our SSH tunnel on port 8080 and route all traffic (securely) through the server at

Browse the Web

Now, let’s start browsing the web using with your new SSH Tunnel (Chrome):

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Select ‘Chrome’ up the top left
  • Select ‘Preferences’
  • Select ‘Show advanced settings…’
  • Select ‘Change proxy settings…’
  • Select ‘SOCKS Proxy’
  • Enter ’′
  • Enter port ’8080′
  • Save changes by selecting ‘OK’
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The question is specifically how to avoid doing all that, because it's annoying when you have to do it frequently. – kundor Oct 7 at 15:38

Try Secure Pipes: It's free software and I'm looking to get more people using it.

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Secure Pipes worked for me after creating ssh symlink in a place it was trying to use - sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/ssh /usr/bin/ssh. I'm on OS X 10.9.5. Good thing is ability to edit UUID.ssh_config file in ~/Library/Application Support/Secure Pipes directory. I was able to enable Kerberos auth this way. The only thing I wish the config would not be overwritten each time I restart the program (worked around by sudo chown root UUID.ssh_config). – Mike Nov 27 '14 at 0:33

I found Coccinellida, it works on Lion but it's new and a bit buggy : /

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You could also check out Meerkat.

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Meerkat is giving me problems under Lion. – user11602 Oct 4 '11 at 1:04
Commercial and broken. – bogdan Jan 7 '13 at 18:03

I am using iSSH in Lion, which is a front-end application to the command line application “ssh”. It provides a quick and easy way to start an SSH connection to a remote computer.

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iSSH aleays asks for a password so it doesn't work with SSH keys. – bogdan Jan 7 '13 at 17:52

iSSH can not remember my password. Coccinellida can save password. But it freezed my Mountain Lion sometimes ...

Shimo is good, but it IS commercial.

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TunnelerX is simple and easy to use, focused on SSH SOCKS proxy. It doesn't exactly cover the requirement to manage several servers, as you can only add one server, although, it's usually enough for people looking to use an external box as proxy. It works fine under Mountain Lion.

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SSH Tunnel baked by Codinn is a tunnel manager that intuitive and easy to use:

  1. Support local, remote and dynamic port forwarding
  2. Besides ordinary SOCKS 5 proxy, the dynamic port forwarding provides HTTP/HTTPS proxy
  3. Automatically reconnect after disconnected by errors or waking up from sleep
  4. Tightly integrated with OS X Keychain
  5. Support OpenSSH multi-factor authentication, as well as Google Authenticator and Authy for two-step verification
  6. RFC4716, PKCS#8 and PEM key formats are supported, compatible with OpenSSH and Dropbear
  7. Able to tuning SSH's advanced options
  8. Smart grouping
  9. OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9 are all officially supported (for older OS X 10.7 and 10.8, you can download legacy version from here SSH Tunnel for OS X 10.7/10.8).

I'm the developer of SSH Tunnel, if you're still unsure whether it's useful or not, just drop me a line, I'll send you a latest version without any limitation, and you're free to make a purchase decision at any time.

SSH Tunnel

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SSH Tunnel Manager is still alive and supported.

Sorry about the delay though, it is not compatible with El Capitan.

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