SSH for Days
Mosh - the mobile shell. This remote terminal let's you roam with intermittent connectivity without breaking your SSH tunnel.
The package must be installed on both the client and server and does not need to be run as a super user.
It replaces interactive SSH. Instant keystroke response, robust roaming but you'll need working UDP.
It supports intermittent connectivity:
- Put your computer to sleep, wake it up and your connection is alive.
- Leave your connection running and it won't break the pipe.
- Change between networks - Wi-Fi at the coffee shop, Ethernet at the office, LTE at home - and you will stay logged in.
It provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes. You get an instant response to typing, deleting and line editing.
Mosh can run in xterm, gnome-terminal, urxvt, Terminal.app, iTerm, emacs screen or tmux. It's mostly designed from scratch and supports one character set: UTF-8.
It's freely available on GNU/Linux, BSD, macOS, Solaris, Android, Chrome and iOS.
Credits go to Keith Winstein, along with Anders Kaseorg, Quentin Smith, Richard Tibbetts, Keegan McAllister, and John Hood who wrote Mosh.
- Install Mosh on your platform.
- Connect a user
mosh chewbacca.norad.milMosh will log the user in via SSH, then start a connection on a UDP port between 60000 and 61000.
- Connect with a different username
- Connect with server binary outside path
mosh firstname.lastname@example.orgThe user can specify an alternate path for the
mosh-serveron the remote host. The server binary can even be installed in the user's home directory.
- Select a Mosh UDP port
mosh -p 1234 darthUseful when the server is behind a port-forwarder or NAT.
- Select an SSH port
mosh --ssh="ssh -p 2222" figrindan
- Add other SSH options
mosh --ssh="~/bin/ssh -i ./identity" fett
- Disable instant echo
mosh --predict=never niennunbThe
-nswitch is a synonym. By contrast, passing
-awill enable instant local echo even on low-delay links.
- With a command
mosh pello -- screen -drThis reattaches to a long-running screen session.
Open the selected port between 60000 and 61000 if you have a
firewall. Open the range if you want Mosh to decide
firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=60000/udp firewall-cmd --reload firewall-cmd --zone=public --list-ports
Start Mosh server on port 60000 enabling 256 colors for TERM on the
127.0.0.1 and print debugging information before
mosh -v -i 127.0.0.1 -p 60000 -c 256
The unicorn. Connect to the server on port 60000 using a specific user.
mosh -p 60000 email@example.com
Ending the connection
Normally, logout or exit on the remote host will close the session. Mosh accepts the escape sequence
Ctrl-^ . (typically typed with Control-Shift-6, then a period) to end the connection forcibly. To send a literal