MobaXterm: SSH, Graphics (X), VNC, SFTP, local shell

MobaXterm LogoI’m primarily a Microsoft OS user, and have been for many years — since the mid-90’s! While OSX and Linux have come a long way, they still don’t fit my business style as well as Windows does. Yet. But I’m also a power Linux user, and spend a lot of time working remotely on Linux systems, primarily the Wharton HPCC, and various Amazon AWS clusters. So I’m always on the lookout for better Linux interoperability tools. About 6 months ago I started working with MobaXterm, from Mobatek.

Finally, someone got it right.

From the developer site:

MobaXterm is an enhanced terminal for Windows with an X11 server, a tabbed SSH client and several other network tools for remote computing (VNC, RDP, telnet, rlogin). MobaXterm brings all the essential Unix commands to Windows desktop, in a single portable exe file which works out of the box.

As great as all that sounds, it gets better. SSH and GUI SFTP are available from the same tabbed window. Their GUI SFTP has a right-click and edit — in the editor of your choice! — and right-click and download. Tunneled X just works. Tunneled VNC just works!

And to really turn your MobaXterm environment into the place to work, a fair number of solid plugins are available as download-and-drop-in files.

I admit that I have yet to try their Professional Edition, which adds a few bells and whistles: support, more thorough customization (branding, really), and an increased number of saved sessions. But why? The free Personal addition handily meets all of my needs!

With two decades of experience supporting research and more than a decade at The Wharton School, Hugh enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with world-class researchers doing Amazing Things with research computing. Robust and scalable computational solutions (both on premise and in The Cloud), custom research programming solutions (clever ideas, simple code), and holistic, results-focused approaches to projects are the places where Hugh lives these days. On weekends you're likely to find him running through the woods with a topo map and compass, orienteering.