web based ssh?

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Thu Mar 31 17:35:15 UTC 2016

I would observe my entire experience of SSH is as a terminal interface.
I am only academically aware there's also the 'ssh -x'
command--academically, because the -x doesn't provide an accessible gui.

If the browser's, web-based ssh accessed something that was actually
accessible, that would be ver big news indeed. But I don't see that on
the horizon, because we already have https for such things. So, the
notion remains academic, imo.


John G Heim writes:
> Right but my point is that all that is is chrome acting as a ssh client.
> It's an ssh client with the chrome user interface. Maybe pointing out that
> it's not a meaningful distinction is not a meaningful point.  I guess if it
> looks like a web-based client, that's all that matters, right? But there is
> no such thing as a web-based ssh client. That can't be.
> On 03/31/2016 10:38 AM, Chris Brannon wrote:
> >John G Heim <jheim at math.wisc.edu> writes:
> >
> >>How can an ssh client run in a browser? Maybe the ssh client can be
> >>launched by the browser. But it has to establish a connection and talk
> >>to the server via the ssh protocol on port 22.  Ultimately, it's no
> >>different than putty or secureCRT.
> >Well, the modern web browser is being treated as more of an application
> >platform than a document viewer these days, and you can run all sorts of
> >things in them, including ssh clients.  This has been going on for years
> >with Chrome.  They have something called ssh in a tab, which is an ssh
> >client running inside the browser.  This is how you use ssh as
> >a client in ChromeOS, where Chrome is more-or-less the user interface
> >layer.  I have no idea how accessible "ssh in a tab" is, but considering
> >just how much I dislike web browsers, I cannot imagine that I would
> >consider it a pleasant experience.  Anyway, to each their own.  I seem
> >to recall that "ssh in a tab" is implemented as a browser extension.
> >Some quick googling reveals something called FireSSH, which is an ssh
> >client written entirely in JavaScript, supporting both Mozilla Firefox
> >and Google Chrome.
> >
> >The difference between this kind of thing and native applications
> >like Putty and SecureCRT is that the browser-based thing is
> >cross-platform.
> >
> >-- Chris
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