Tabbed terminals for Windows

Every now and then people ask me what tabbed terminal program I am using in my Videos. On my desktop I use Linux Mint and most terminal applications for Linux support tabs. For Windows however there are few options, I only know two of them:

  • SecureCRT
  • Superputty

Both support protocols like telnet or SSH, those two I use most often to connect to Cisco devices or Linux servers. Let’s take a look at SecureCRT first:

secure crt quick connect

SecureCRT starts with the quick connect screen. Here you can select the protocol you require. Once you connect it will look like this:

secure crt two tabs

Above I have two terminals with a Cisco router in each screen. It looks clean and simple. If you connect to the same device every now and then you can save it and open it later:

secure crt sessions

For example I saved my two router screens, connecting to them is now done with a simple click on the ‘connect’ button. SecureCRT has many features but is not free. I think it’s around $99 to buy at the moment which is a lot of an application that opens terminals if you ask me. I don’t use any of the features except opening tabs to telnet / SSH devices and saving sessions. A cheaper solution is superputty (it’s free!). Here’s what it looks like:

super putty overview

Superputty uses normal putty to connect so we can use telnet, SSH and some other protocols. Let’s open some terminal tabs:

super putty two tabs

Above I opened two terminal tabs to my Cisco routers. On the right side of the screen I can also save the sessions so that I can open the terminals again with a single mouse-click.

If you only care about the terminal tabs I would go for Superputty as there are no features I can think of that would justify the cost of SecureCRT to me. If you have a suggestion or know of a better application to open terminal tabs please leave a comment!

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Forum Replies

  1. Hi Rene, in your article on Spanning-Tree Bridge Assurance you have a nice looking SecureCRT colour scheme, looks to highlight different keywords. Could you share this?

  2. Hi Anthony,

    I use the “Solarized Darcula” colors that they added in SecureCRT 8.3. I always liked the “Darcula” coloring scheme :slight_smile:


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