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  1. #1
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    Web Based Visual SSH Terminal - Ideas, Comments & Suggestions

    Hello,

    I'm planning to build a website/service/script that would provide the user with the ability to connect to a server using their ssh login and visually view, edit and move files & folders. (a.k.a - Sort of a web-based version of VNC). What I'm wondering is:

    - What do you think about this idea?
    - What security features would you implement?
    - Would you use it?
    - If it was provided as a free script that you could install on your servers would you offer it to your users?
    - Besides moving/editing/searching/copying/viewing/wget what other tools would you implement?
    - What would you name it?

    Appreciate and await your responses.
    Last edited by BlueVM; 05-07-2011 at 10:38 AM. Reason: Added Additional Questions

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    I would certainly offer something like this, but only if it was bug-free and updated well.

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    Also would you be willing to pay for it (license or one time fee)? and if so how much?

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    there are services like this out there already, some for free.

    I don't trust any of them, so no I wouldn't use it.

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    An example of one of these projects would be nice

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    I would be wary of anything like this simply from a security standpoint, especially if something was closed source.

    A quick google of "ajax ssh" came up with http://anyterm.org/ . If you want a shell without it really being a shell, just someplace to run commands, webmin had something years ago in it.

    Also if you do want a true vnc session there is a java applet it has so you can view it via a browser.
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    What I'm talking about is more of an entirely html/javascript visual interface for modifying a server. I've also thought about adding the ability to upload files from your computer directly to a folder on the server your connected to.

    I think its different from what other services offer because it would allow the user to connect to the server on a low bandwidth connection, view the files/folders and modify them visually as opposed to entering commands or viewing the entire screen (unlike anyterm). Newer users to ssh/linux could benifit from the ability to visually see what they are working on. As an example if you've ever tried to manage your server from a droid phone or from a slow internet connection you quickly become frustrated because of the bandwidth limits and the inability to view files/folders in a "gui."

    Here is a list of features I'd like to implement:

    - View files/folders
    - Edit/Create/Rename/Delete files/folders
    - Search for files/folders
    - Enter commands via ssh (optional)
    - Upload files directly from your computer to any folder on your server.
    - Setup installations to run on your server in the background (aka cpanel/direct admin/etc)
    - View image files stored on the server (Haven't quite figured out how to make this possible, yet)
    - Start/Stop services & processes - See top
    - Save a list of commands preformed since connection
    - Restart/shutdown server
    - Send/receive email if setup.
    Last edited by BlueVM; 05-08-2011 at 12:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eth00 View Post
    A quick google of "ajax ssh" came up with http://anyterm.org/ . If you want a shell without it really being a shell, just someplace to run commands, webmin had something years ago in it.

    Also if you do want a true vnc session there is a java applet it has so you can view it via a browser.
    These are true, but they all break if there's a firewall involved. By that, I mean that if you can only connect on port 80/443, these don't work.

    For Ajax-based SSH that works on port 80/443, look at AjaxTerm. GotoSSH.com is one live demo you can try - they offer subscriptions but you can try it for a few minutes for free.

    Some VPS hosts (6sync, Linode) include an AjaxTerm console.
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    While its true that I'd like to offer a console, I'd also like to offer an entriely visual interface for managing the server.

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