OpenTerm is a sandboxed command line interface for iOS.

Scripting – uses a new programming language, called Cub, that is inspired by Swift and specifically created for OpenTerm
• A guide for Cub is included for learning the language
• A documentation panel lists all available functions you can use in your scripts
• Scripts essentially become commands that you can execute from anywhere
• Scripts can ask for user input (e.g. “Enter a number: “)
• Scripts can execute any command, even other scripts
• Cub is open source (
Tabs support
• Also supports split view
Directory bookmarks – save directories and easily revisit them

What's New

Version 2.0.1

• Commands are now accessible from Spotlight
• Improved script error handling
• Improved stability

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

A good start...


This is concept is exactly what I have wanted for a loooong time... a chroot UNIX shell on iPad would turn it into a functional development environment... For all Apple likes to claim that an iPad can replace a laptop, the lack of a functional UNIX environment is a non-starter for most engineers, and this app has a lot of potential to fix that.

Despite that potential, this is VERY incomplete, and is not anywhere near being a fully functional UNIX shell. At a minimum:

* gcc with libraries
* make
* vim
* ssh/scp with password support instead of requiring rsa keys
* support for more than one sandbox, and sudo/permission to write to the sandbox

After that, anything else becomes download and install yourself if you really want it, but bonus points would be the setup of an apt/rpm depot for software that can be installed in the sandbox, and a way for their community to contribute to it.

FWIW: I am excited about the potential of this app, and if it were to become a fully functional UNIX sandbox on iPad, I would pay a premium price for the upgrade. It’s just not there yet.

Great App

J Kukla

Seems really well done. At the current point in time there is not a whole lot to use this for, but if we had some basic network tools like ping and traceroute, some text editors, etc.

It would be really cool to see a package manager but I’m not sure if that would be possible. Anyway, great work so far! Can’t wait to see the updates.

This is amazing, but..

_iPhone_7 PLUS

So I absolutely the thought of this. I have both a Mac and iPad Pro. I am a CS major and the thought of just needing to carry my iPad sounds awesome. I’d like to see support for editors and compilers. Currently I use vim (you either love it or hate it). but we cant really even open or edit text files on this app can we? I found another app as an SSH client for my iPad so that will do for now. Keep up the great work!


Louis D'hauwe
20.1 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
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