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Is there any FREE real SSH apps for iOS 5. There should not be any jailbreaking.

I wanted something like these:

  1. iPhone SSH clients reviewed: iSSH, pTerm, and TouchTerm
  2. Three SSH terminal apps for iPhone

I want to use an online shell.

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Panic's Prompt is worth the $8. Drink less coffee for a week, save your pennies, and then buy the best SSH app on iOS with your saved cash. – Ian C. Dec 8 '11 at 16:20
Open up iTunes. Got to the iTunes Store. Search for "SSH". Whatever is listed is all that's there (unless you wish to Jailbreak your device and install apps outside of Apple's ecosystem). – user10355 Dec 8 '11 at 16:28
Putting in a second vote for Panic's Prompt. It is simply the best and very well worth the money, even if you only use it occasionally. – Dustin Dec 8 '11 at 17:37
The only free one I found at a short glance is zatelnet, but it seems to require an in-app purchase to be really useful. Other than that, I would recommend Panic's Prompt as well. – patrix Dec 8 '11 at 18:43
Prompt is worth the money. Heard good things about iSSH too. – robmathers Dec 8 '11 at 19:47
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I use Rove Mobile Admin Client on my iPhone. It's free, there are no annoying in-app ads, and it comes with an SSH client which I use to connect to machines at work while I'm on the road. Works great. It's quite possible to run a remote emacs editor and send all the control characters you need.

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Just to note the SSH functionality is free withe product, but any advanced functionality requires purchase of dedicated admin server software – Stu Wilson Mar 28 '12 at 20:47
Tried them all And... Rove Mobile Admin is the Best. – dams Apr 4 '12 at 13:07

Prompt for iOS

Prompt allows you to remotely SSH into another machine. Without jailbreaking, there is no way to use Terminal to access your file system. However, I've found that if you do jailbreak your phone and want to use Prompt as a Terminal, you can set it to SSH to server and authenticate with the standard iPhone root credentials.

Remoter: Remote Desktop (VNC) for iOS

This app does basically the same thing just a little differently. By default it allows a VNC connection for screen sharing, but it has different add ons that you can purchase that allow SSH, Telnet, and RDP.

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Prompt is fantastic. – Bryson Mar 28 '12 at 19:54

vSSH for iPhone and iPad. There is a free lite version. Ad is quite annoying, but functionality and usability are fantastic.

There is also OS X version and it's possible to share connections between all these apps via iCloud.

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While I would recommend Prompt, there is an OK SSH client called zaTelnet. It is free, but I think feature limited (as in, a limited number of characters per session, etc).

App Store link for zaTelnet.

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