shellinabox  2.20
About: shellinabox implements a web server that can export arbitrary command line tools to a web based terminal emulator. This emulator is accessible to any JavaScript and CSS enabled web browser. Fork of the no longer maintained original version on respectively
  Fossies Dox: shellinabox-2.20.tar.gz  ("inofficial" and yet experimental doxygen-generated source code documentation)  

shellinabox Documentation

Some Fossies usage hints in advance:

  1. To see the Doxygen generated documentation please click on one of the items in the steelblue colored "quick index" bar above or use the side panel at the left which displays a hierarchical tree-like index structure and is adjustable in width.
  2. If you want to search for something by keyword rather than browse for it you can use the client side search facility (using Javascript and DHTML) that provides live searching, i.e. the search results are presented and adapted as you type in the Search input field at the top right.
  3. Doxygen doesn't incorporate all member files but just a definable subset (basically the main project source code files that are written in a supported language). So to search and browse all member files you may visit the Fossies shellinabox-2.20.tar.gz contents page and use the Fossies standard member browsing features (also with source code highlighting and additionally with optional code folding).


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This is an unofficial fork of the project Shell In A Box. The fork was created because the original project was not maintained anymore and we cannot contact the original repository owners.

Our aim is to continue with maintenance of the shellinabox project. For a list of recent changes, please see

If you have any questions, issues, or patches, please feel free to submit a pull request or report an issue. You can also drop an email to the original project issue #261 discussion from where this fork started.

About shellinabox

Shell In A Box implements a web server that can export arbitrary command line tools to a web based terminal emulator. This emulator is accessible to any JavaScript and CSS enabled web browser and does not require any additional browser plugins.

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For building shellinabox from source on Debian or RHEL based systems use commands listed below. This will create executable file shellinaboxd in project directory.

  1. Install dependencies

     apt-get install git libssl-dev libpam0g-dev zlib1g-dev dh-autoreconf


    yum install git openssl-devel pam-devel zlib-devel autoconf automake libtool
  2. Clone source files and move to project directory

     git clone && cd shellinabox
  3. Run autotools in project directory

     autoreconf -i
  4. Run configure and make in project directory

     ./configure && make

Debian package

For building and installing .deb packages you can use commands listed bellow. Note that dependencies from the first step above are also required.

  1. Build package

    dpkg-buildpackage -b
  2. Install package

    dpkg -i ../shellinabox_{ver}_{arch}.deb

For more information about .deb packages please see INSTALL.Debian file.


All reported issues were imported from Google Code Project Issues. You can report new issues here, but first please try to reproduce them with package created from our sources. In new issue report please include following things:

  • Name and version of your operating system
  • Name and version of your browser
  • Version of shellinabox
  • Steps to reproduce the problem

Also feel free to post any questions or comments in shellinabox chat room on Gitter.

Known Issues

  • The openssl package is required for HTTP/SSL support. Shell-in-a-box may be used without SSL such that the login session is not encrypted. To enable automatic creation of self-signed certificates or to use a generated certificate, install openssl.

  • On Debian Jessie, the default openssl package does not include the utilities necessary for Shell-in-a-box to generate self-signed certificates. Upgrade openssl to install a version of the tools that support certificate creation.