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A Free Alternative to SecureCRT: mRemote Terminal Emulator

Since I spend a good portion of my work time working on a terminal emulator in Windows, I’ve come to appreciate the features that SecureCRT provides.  The biggest feature that I enjoy is tabbed connections.  Much like modern web browsers, SecureCRT give you the option of opening multiple terminal connections within the same window via the use of tabs.  While SecureCRT is a great program, it does require a license, which currently runs about $100.  I had searched for Window-based terminal emulators with tabbing capabilities awhile ago, but did not find anything that compared to SecureCRT – until now.

mRemote is a Windows-based application that allows you to use the very popular terminal emulator PuTTY in a tabbed environment.  Unlike SecureCRT, this application is free.

mRemote Quick Reference

mRemote Quick Reference

See my review in the following videos:

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 1

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 1

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 2

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 2

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 3

mRemote Terminal Emulator - Part 3

The Quick and Dirty

mRemote is an open source, terminal emulator that runs on Windows (XP and Vista). It runs on top of Putty and provides a tabbed terminal emulation experience…for free. While SecureCRT provides the same experience(and is a better option in my opinion), it costs about $100 for a license while mRemote is free. Did I mention that it’s free?

mRemote is an excellent application with a couple of flaws: it is no longer being developed and may not work with Windows 7. These limitations may make it radioactive for some Network Engineers, but the program is stable and has a few nice extra features that definitely warrant it a test drive.




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One Response to “A Free Alternative to SecureCRT: mRemote Terminal Emulator”

  • Anonymous says:

    I now have mRemote and all of its add-ons successfully installed on my Windows 7 Starter (32-bit) netbook, with no special treatment. (There are some other discussions I found online where other people have mentioned running it successfully in Windows 7 too.)

    Just be sure to use the regular “setup package” version, not the “portable package” version, since Windows 7 doesn’t play well with the portable version when it’s in the Program Files directory.

    It also works fine with the Remote Desktop Connection v7 RDP client included with Windows 7, rather than the v6 RDP client that is listed in mRemote’s requirements.

    In the options, I was able to turn off the annoying ‘double-click to close tabs’.

    I’d also like to call attention to the ‘External Applications’ feature that allows adding tons of additional capabilities.

    Around the time you posted this blog post, someone did start developing a ‘pick up where they left off’ fork, at , but it still has a ways to go. People needing 64-bit compatibility should probably go the mRemoteNG route, but for 32-bit Windows XP, Vista, and 7, the last mRemote release seems to still work great so far.

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