I looked on the Play store for Telnet Client and saw one by ClockworkMod and thought "Oooo, a reputable client!" but the permissions scared me off. There was another that required GPS location.

What is a good (i.e. functioning) telnet client for Android?

Features I am looking for:

  1. Reputable software
  2. No ads
  3. No root requirements, but maybe more features if the phone is rooted.
  4. Support the telnet protocol
  5. Landscape mode support

Nice to haves:

  1. Free app
  2. SSH
  3. Support additional protocols

The telnet client can be a part of a suite or it can be stand alone.

3 Answers 3


Try Irssi ConnectBot:

  • Free, open-source software
  • Supports Telnet, SSH, and MOSH if you download the version that has the mosh patches
  • Reputable, with over 1700 reviews on Google Play
  • No ads
  • No root required
  • Supports landscape mode (try the Force Landscape option under the Terminal Emulation options)
  • Needs access to photo & media files??!! Nevertheless, I tried it and like it, so plus one.
    – Mawg
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 12:16
  • Yeah, not sure what that is about. Might be worth popping into IRCnet on the channel #irssiconnectbot to ask the developers :-)
    – baitisj
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 17:41
  • 2
    Probably it's to look for the private keys for SSH connection. ConnectBot is great, with mosh it would be perfect! I didn't know about the mosh fork.
    – Nemo
    Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 21:42
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    @Nemo -- /me slaps head. Yes, of course. It is for private keys.
    – baitisj
    Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 21:58
  • Does it support port forwarding though SSH?
    – Alejandro
    Commented May 29, 2016 at 19:50

I have been used many of them but found this one is the best for me. It's simply, compact and direct to your job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb1sIatpUl0&feature=youtu.be

the App download link is here. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nristek.apps.netztools

  • What is your recommendation? Can you list the main features of it and how it complies wih the question? A lone link may be a good supplement to your answer, but cannot be the full answer.
    – Alejandro
    Commented Sep 14, 2020 at 19:02

I would recommend GSW ConnectBot from Georgia SoftWorks if you need a commercial grade client. Excellent client with very strong encryption using SSH.


  • Thanks Sam, and welcome. Does your recommendation meet all of the requirements? Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 22:49
  • I believe it does with the exception of "free", otherwise, it has all the features YARU was looking for.
    – Sam I Am
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 20:59

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