A full featured terminal with built-in OpenSSH support, it’s focused on managing and login to hosts efficiently. Don't waste your time; be productive.

## Features

Full-featured Terminal
• Compatible with and xterm.
• Supports ANSI 16 and 256 color palettes, as well as 24bit true color.
• Passed cases of *vttest* – a strict VT100/VT220/VT420 terminal functionality test suite.

OpenSSH Compatible
• Everything in OpenSSH, agent forwarding, certificates, proxy jump, etc.
• Can read your existing `ssh_config` file as the source of advanced options, especially helpful for experienced users.
• Can work with GnuPG agent, YubiKey, Authy and Google Authenticator.

Keychain Integration
• Tightly integrated with macOS Keychain, don't have to enter passwords or passphrases repeatedly.
• It's totally optionally, you can opt-in or opt-out at any time.

Advanced Options Editor
• A handy way to tune per-host advanced options.
• For every ssh directives, there is a contextual help provides immediate information, no more googling.

Automatic Reconnect
• Always tries to restore your connections after network failure or waking up from sleep.

• Eight built-in color schemes: Basic, Dracula, Grass, Homebrew, Man Page, Novel, Ocean, Red Sands
• Our color optimization ensure that colorful text always clearly visible.

• Use tags to organize your hundreds or thousands of hosts.
• Tag your host by a simple drag & drop actions.

Premium Features
• Unlimited number of connections
• Importing and exporting
• Sync hosts and tags between all of your Mac computers
• Scriptable (automation with AppleScript and Automator)
• Prioritized customer support

Go Premium to support our development and unleash the power of Core Shell.

## Premium License

We offered optional in-app purchases for premium features. Price may vary by location:

- USD 9.99 for 1-Year License
- USD 29.99 for 4-Year License (save 25%)


We'd love to answer your questions or just hear what you think about Core Shell.

Our Community:

Use the community to request support or report bug. Discuss and explore Core Shell’s future with us by joining the community.

What’s New

Version 1.4.5

This update focuses on security, all shipped binaries are now protected by the Hardened Runtime which was introduced in macOS Mojave. And for double insurance, the internal sensitive data exchanging is encrypted by asymmetric encryption.

Also, the codebase of embedded OpenSSH XPC component has been updated to version 7.9. For more information about this update, please see

### Added
- Menu: add Dock menu (@chrisj60)
- Menu: extend the "New Window" and "New Tab" menu items in main menu (@chrisj60)
- Preferences: allow display the dimensions of the terminal window in title (@chrisj60)
- SSH: add RemoteCommand option to specify a command that will be executed on the remote host
- SSH: add two new settings for StrictHostKeyChecking option: "accept-new" and "off"
- SSH: add a BindInterface option to allow binding the outgoing connection to an interface's address
- SSH: add a SetEnv directive to request that the server sets an environment variable in the session
- SSH: add a CASignatureAlgorithms option to allow control over which signature formats are allowed for CAs to sign certificates
- Add Chris Jenkins(@chrisj60), Brad Freeman(@network) to special thanks

### Changed
- SSH: update the codebase of embedded OpenSSH XPC component from version 7.5 to 7.9
- Internal sensitive runtime data exchanging is encrypted by asymmetric encryption
- Enable Hardened Runtime on macOS Mojave
- Reduce the app startup time

### Fixed
- Fix SIGSEGV crash issue (chrisj60)
- For password and interactive information items stored in system Keychain, the unique key is the combination of login username, host address and port number (@network)
- The size and position of last closed main window should be remembered (@chrisj60)
- Other minor bug fixes

Happy 2019!

Ratings and Reviews

andrewflo ,

Import is a premium feature

UPDATE: I followed the instructions and retrieved my free 1 year Premium license. Import worked pretty well. Had to edit each host entry and re-select my private key but other than that, so far so good. Happy to see continued development for this product.

The migration instructions from SSH Shell to Core Shell explain how to use the export/import feature. Sadly, the import option on Core Shell is a paid upgrade. If you'd like to move your free users over and have the chance to then upsell premium features, I'd suggest making import free so we can at least migrate over and be back where we were with the new version.

Developer Response ,

Hi Andrewflo, we provide a free premium license for all existing SSH Shell users, importing is not a problem at all, please follow the instructions to get your exclusive redeem code:
Yang at Codinn

mrelcee ,

Multiple hosts is a premium feature?

I'm a big fan of SSH Shell. So I decided to give core shell a chance. I haven't jumped through the hoops to get my free one year license. I went to add a secd ond host to my copy of core shell and was greeted with a "This is a premium feature" message. REALLY? two or more hosts is a pemium feature? Sorry buddy you're getting greedy. I'm not paying a subscription fee for multiple hosts. I won't be taking advantage of the free year, because I don't want yet again one more app that costs a subscription. Deleting this from my system, and I'll run the old app till it's dead..

I would have paid 10 bucks for a one time fee..

Developer Response ,

Hi mrelcee, we didn't mean to lock the host number, this mistake was inherited from Core Tunnel. We've removed restriction from version 1.4, I'm sorry for this problem!

Thank you for your remind.

Yang at Codinn

NoJoy777 ,

Lifetime subscription downgrade to 4 years?

1. Purchased a lifetime license, now it’s only 4 years.
2. License disappeared after updating the app, can’t even restore my purchase!

Don’t buy this. Previous version was just excellent. This, subscription based version is a total crap. Going to back to good old ssh and .config file.

Developer Response ,

Hi NoJoy777, thanks for the comment. Core Shell never released a Lifetime license, if you mean Core Tunnel, you could not restore Core Tunnel's license to Core Shell; If you mean SSH Shell, we provide a free premium license for all existing SSH Shell users, please follow the upgrade guide to get your exclusive redeem code: .
Yang at Codinn


Codinn Technologies Co., Ltd.
12.1 MB
Developer Tools
macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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