SSH on iOS is abysmal

2015 Jan 08, Timid Robot Zehta

Application Summaries

I'm sorry if you're a SysAdmin with an iOS device. I have some bad news:


  • Version: 5.7.1
  • Two factor: Yes!
  • ProxyCommand: No
  • Additional Issues:
    • too-large fonts (even at their smallest, display is less than 80 characters)

Prompt 2

  • Version: 2.0.3
  • Two Factor: No
    • shitty custom prompts that make two factor authentication all but impossible
  • ProxyCommand: No


  • Version: 1.5.4
  • Two Factor: No
  • ProxyCommand: No
  • Additional Issues:
    • does not support xterm-256color

Why it matters

Two Factor authentication

Two factor authentication significantly increases security. This is especially important in a platform (phones and tablets) that are so easy to misplace.


ProxyCommand is a SSH option that allows the easy use of bastion hosts. Making increased security easier is a huge win. For an example, see cmc: Workflow.