Install ShellInABox (web shell browser AJAX frontend) on Debian GNU / Linux

Sunday, 23rd September 2012

Reading Time: 2minutesShellinAbox web ssh shell browser frontend for Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Redhat and other GNU / Linux distributions

ShellInABox is a tiny piece of soft which can enable you to access your server or desktop via ssh shell using the web command line shell through AJAX interface. Installing it is not a hard task. To install on any Linux just navigate to shellinabox.com and download compile and install using the source code from tar.gz.
Installing ShellinaBox on Debian or Ubuntu and derivative based Linux it is even easier as on the website there are pre-compiled deb binaries which can be straight installed with dpkg

For 32 bit Debian version, installation is as simple as;

1. Download the i386 deb binary from Shellinabox.com
Just go to the website and look up for correct link and download with links

As of time of writting this post to download with links text browser:


links "http://code.google.com/p/shellinabox/downloads/detail?name=shellinabox_2.9-1_i386.deb&can=2&q="

2. Install deb pack with dpkg


dpkg -i shellinabox_2.9-1_i386.deb

For 64 bit amd64 bit arch Debian, install a Pre-built Debian x86-64 package (requires Ubuntu Karmic). Though the binary is said to be for Ubuntu it also installs and starts the shellinabox service (daemon) without no problem. By default shellinabox is configured to work on port number 4200. Right after install to test it open your favourite browser and do request to localhost port 4200:


http://127.0.0.1:4200/

BTW, I’ve used a couple of others Java based web ssh frontends and I should say, ShellinAbox is much more responsive.
Well that’s all now enjoy connecting to remote system ssh using any AJAX supporting browser 🙂

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