Putty for Mac – 5 Alternatives to the Windows App

Change from Windows to Mac is definitely positive, you can explore new features and a whole new user interface. If you are a manager or owner of a website you surely have heard about Putty. Putty is a famou SSH and a Telnet client that allows you to make secure connections over the Internet without any installation process.

Putty is especially available for Window users due to which they have an advantage over Mac users. But If you’ve just switched to Mac it is going to be very difficult for you to work as you used to do. For people who have never tried Putty on their Windows PC will not be affected by the big change.


To comfort your professional needs we decided to introduce to Putty’s five basic alternatives which only works on Mac. Let’s see which one interests you:-


5 Alternatives to Putty for Mac


Terminal app comes bundled with the Mac. It infact is the most powerful tool for Mac users. Terminal allow you to SSH into remote server provided you have a valid login credentials. To get your server anytime and anywhere users just need to change it to their server with correct credentials.
Terminal allow you to open Multiple windows, it provides full Linux terminal emulation, launch shortcuts. The application is without any advertisements or in app purchases as well. It is one of the best iOS Terminal Emulator.

vSSH Lite

vSSH Lite is a free version of vSSH Premium, it aims at Telnet connection, port forwarding or SSH. Unlike other application vSSH does not create a terminal replacement, it offer you a CLI once you have successfully connected yourself with websites using SSH.
vSSH lite provides you many features for example, public or private key encryption, ability to use username and password for authentication, it works on different iOS devices like iPad, iPhone. vSSH Lite can also create connection with iCloud. For a better use, vSSH Premium is a good option.

iTerm 2

iTerm 2 is an exact replacement of Terminal, in fact it provides you with better features than Terminal. iTerm2 especially includes Plethora which is still no present in many of the SSH applications.
Along with this feature it also includes multiple window option, Annotations for adding notes and comments, instant playback, incredible search option on Safari and Chrome, copy without using mouse and many more to go on with. The working is quite similar to Terminal application but with minor difference which makes your life easier.


Shuttle is not exactly an application, it is a shortcut menu for your SSH server. Shuttle can be utilised to run commands and scripts with just a couple of clicks. Shuttle also comes with a file called Shuttle.json that you can edit anytime you want.
Shuttle very easily adds to your menu bar,  you can add entries for your commands and run them easily. It can allow you to command to run custom scripts simply from your menu bar. Isn’t this cool!


DTerm is a context sensitive command line app that is a great replacement for Terminal application. It can be launched over any Windows you are currently working on , making it easy to give commands within the GUI.
The application supports standard command line autocompletion where by just pressing F5 you can get an autocomplete Window with possible suggestions. It is a nice replacement for Terminal but with less features to notice.

Final Words

Above mentioned apps are  alternatives to Putty which can help you to SSH on Mac as well. They work amazingly well on all devices including smartphones and Tablets. For any query or suggestions, feel free to write your comments below. Thank you!

Aritcle By:

Swati Sharma is an avid tech enthusiasts. She blogs at Bloomtimes where she writes about all kind of gadgets, apps, operating systems and latest tech trends.

Jubin Mathai

Hi, I am Jubin Mathai a tech enthusiast, blogger, android developer and what not. People describe me as a workaholic and to an extent it's right. I love gadgets and hence I write for GadgetMiner. To know more about me follow me on the social media.

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