Developer: MWorks

Current Version: 5.3.1

Last Updated: 4 years ago

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JellyfiSSH is the leading bookmark manager for Telnet and ssh connections on the Mac. It is used by thousands of Mac OS X users daily all over the world, and has been around for over 10 years. It stores all the connection details and allows you to set terminal settings such as:

- Text and background colors
- Width and Height of the Terminal
- SSH ciphers (macOS Sierra doesn't support 3DES)
- Terminal type (ansi, vt52, vt100, vt102, xterm, xterm-256color etc)
- Shell
- Background png, jpg or pdf of the Terminal Window*
- Transparency*
- Tunnels settings
- Grouping
- Password (Keychain stored to servers issuing a password: prompt)
- Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11) & Sierra** (10.12) compatible

*in legacy .term settings

>> Very fast access to bookmarks by using the JellyfiSSH menulet in the top menubar. One click access.

** OSX Sierra removed support for 3DES, please choose AES-256 for your bookmarks. If you have issues with JellyfiSSH and Sierra, contact our support - it DOES WORK!!

JellyfiSSH makes all its connections through Apple's Terminal application or iTerm2 v2 and is especially useful when you monitor and/or look after several web servers, file servers or any other device which you connect to via ssh or Telnet.

Once you have all your bookmarks loaded, you can quickly launch them through the JellyfiSSH dock icon or Menulet. Simply right-click (or control-click) on the JellyfiSSH dock icon and a bookmark list will show. Releasing on your desired bookmark will launch that bookmark into Terminal. There is also a JellyfiSSH menulet giving single click access to your bookmarks from the top menubar.

With .term settings support, the ability to set a background image per bookmark setting is very useful if you are connecting to several servers at the same time - it allows you to visually distinguish one from the other easily. You can create your own custom backgrounds for each terminal session.

JellyfiSSH also provides a simple interface for setting up tunnels allowing you to access resources on a remote system through the ssh port. Each bookmark can have several tunnels defined.

The preferences for JellyfiSSH let you set a default bookmark on launch and the debug level of your ssh connection for troubleshooting purposes. There are also preferences for using the Terminal Default settings for those who need certain emulation types. You can also turn off the main window on launch and use the Menulet for all your terminal launches.

There is also the ability to backup and restore your bookmarks for safe keeping, transfer them to a colleague or another computer you use.

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Release Notes:

JellyfiSSH 5.3.1 solves a couple of small issues with 5.3:

- Delete sends Backspace/Ctrl-H now works.
- Choosing Show JellyfiSSH Window from the Menulet now brings the application to the front.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 5.0
Review by wonslung

JellyFiSSH is great - I don't know why people are leaving 2 star reviews...this program is great. It does exactly what it is designed to do. It's an ssh bookmark program. The power of it, for me, is the abiltiy to create multiple groups of ssh bookmarks, and set each one with different text and color settings. If you are like me, and have multiple ssh servers this can be a HUGE help. The closest thing to this in the linux world is gnome-ssh-menu but JellyFiSSH does it better. One other thing i think people may be missing, if you right click the dock icon, you can bring up a "stack" of all your groups and bookmarks. This makes for very effecient quick launching. I for one am VERY satisfied with this piece of software and would recommend it to anyone who logs into mulitple ssh servers. Also, one other thing. If you're looking for a way to log in without passwords, use the terminals own ssh-keygen. This will allow you to create a key for your user. After that, copy this key to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the server you wish to log into. Now you will never need a password to log in.

Found helpful by 7 out of 11 people
Version 5.0
Review by PezGodTX

Does not run under Lion - Just download this from app store because version 4.5.2 (previously free) was no longer running in Lion. However, after downloading, not only does it not run but it blew away the over 50 bookmarks that I had setup in the previous version. Please fix this or I just wasted $4

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 5.3.1
Review by phila1776

Works Great, Well Worth the Price - First, let me say that the latest version, 5.1, works just fine with OS Lion as well as Snow Leopard, as long as you have a 64 bit processor like they say you should. It also saves passwords, which some said past versions didn't. It does everything I need and AFAIK, is the only Intel native Mac App that does. It also does X forwarding, as long as you know how to do it. I used to use PiDog's "TelnetLauncher", but it won't work without Rosetta, so no Lion. I just bought 2 copies of JellyfiSSH for my two Macs. I have no regrets, but a few criticisms. I used JellyfiSSH in the distant past, soon after OSX came out and "Nifty Telnet" became obsolete. When I discovered TelnetLauncher, I used that instead, because it did a few things I liked better. While JellyfiSSH has come a long way since then there are still a few things I'd like to see changed: 1) The pulldown menu for bookmarks. Why? Just put them in a big window and let me choose! Somebody else griped about this and they're right. As it is, the useless (to me) "Preview" window dominates the app's main window. Make a big, scrollable window and put the bookmarks for the selected group right in the middle. Some of us have a hundred or more bookmarks, with dozens to a group and a pulldown window, while a pain for any amount of bookmarks, is even worse when you have a lot. 2) "Group Filter: defaults to "Show All" with no option to default to "Main" or anything else. You have to use yet another pulldown menu to go to your "home" Group. Yes, I would think most people have a Group they consider their "home", why not let them default to it? You let us default to a host, but the Group Filter still is "Show All". 3) No "Clone" feature. This is something TelnetLauncher had that allowed you to clone a bookmark, including all settings, colors, etc, then edit it for use as a different host and/or user or without X forwarding. etc. It would be a time saver when setting up dozens of bookmarks. The "Session Defaults" do help a lot along these lines, but not quite as much. 4) This version lets you save a password fine, but for the love of security, it doesn't let you delete one! Once you have a password set, if you go in and try to delete it, it will not go away. You can fairly easily work around this by just deleting the bookmark and creating it all over again, but it would seem an easy change for the developers to make. That's about it so far. Again, this is a good app...I was very relieved to find it when TelnetLauncher was orphaned, since this (type of app) is the second most used app on every Mac I've owned since System 7 (after a web browser). I just hope the developers keep refining's just a few steps away from perfection. EDIT/UPDATE 6/21/2012: They added the "clone" feature the last update and it has been extremely useful to me. I use this program more than anything other than a web browser daily and it is pretty well bug-free and extremely useful if you are the *nix admin of dozens of remote hosts. Apple also seems to have finally fixed their terminal preferences file issue so it doesn't get slow and unstable after a while.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by Tinwalrus

not worth the money - i was having issues with iterm2 and thought i would try jellyfissh since it is 'the leading bookmark manager'. i used it for about 5 minutes before going back to iterm2. the developers could benefit from looking at what iterm2 does and develop similar features since it does not seem iterm2 is actively being developed. for the money, i expect a lot more. the user interface needs attention. the application could work well with tabular connections, maybe a built-in scp/sftp function. very disappointing.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by DShuman

Doesnt work anymore - Doesnt seem supported anymore and doesnt work for me. Crashes immediately. Disappointing as I paid $3.99 for it when it did work.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by D. X. Victor

Can’t tell if it’s any good - Very simply - it doesn’t appear to work on OS X 10.10. Hangs on startup and then crashes. So if you’re running 10.10, look for something else.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by Zman Miller

Works unless you change keys - Rebuilt my server, renewed my keys and still wont connect. This is now useless to me. Worked until then though.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people