I need SSH connection manager that works in terminal, that is, it's not a complete GUI app or a special terminal where you can define bookmarks or connections.

I want to quickly start SSH connection to one of many configured SSH accounts with minimum effort from the bash prompt. I'd start the connection manager and then say browse or start SSH with some key shortcut.

Ideally, the software should be open source (any license but Affero GPL really). Commercial option not excluded.

  • As you mention SSH and Bash without any OS: are we right to assume this should be for Linux? Please add the corresponding OS tag if it should be for a specific OS – or mark it cross-platform if that is a requirement. If both fail, edit your question and list the options (e.g. "should work on Solaris or AIX" if one of the two is sufficient). Further: should the software come free of monetary costs, or would you have a budget for "commercial solutions"?
    – Izzy
    Oct 4, 2018 at 9:04
  • ssh has a "connection manager" included. You can configure it in ~.ssh/config file and then make use of it. Something like this: select host in $(grep -Po "Host \K.*" ~/.ssh/config); do ssh $host; break; done
    – pLumo
    Oct 4, 2018 at 12:09

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I would recommend using shell aliases.

For instance if your shell is bash you can manage your SSH connections in the .bashrc file like this:

alias cakes='ssh [email protected]'

If you don't want to type passwords, just set up the standard SSH public key-based authorization.

Once you restart your terminal, you will be able to connect by just typing:


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