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Sometimes I need to help friends with bash scripting. When I'm on a Windows machine, it's a working environment and I can't just setup Cygwin or use a VM.

Is there some free scripting website I can use, preferably where I can use Putty to connect it or something similar?

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I ran across ideone, an interesting site, in the past. I haven't used it much nor can I vouch for its accuracy or POSIX compliance or usefulness, but it does include bash version 4 as one of the languages you can supposedly test online. –  jw013 May 18 '12 at 1:23

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For a heavy weight solution, you can spin up an Amazon EC2 instance. The "free/trial" tier is free for the first year of your account:


So, in that case, you'll have a wide choice of distros and shells to play with.

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If you seek something or somewhere that you can execute Linux and bash commands http://cb.vu/ seems to be a good place. This is a web based shell.

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This is not a bash (or even POSIX resemblant) shell in any sense. –  Chris Down May 17 '12 at 14:37
This is at least somewhere this you can enter some linux commands and see what happens, isn't it? –  XinHua May 17 '12 at 14:43
When it's at the point that one gets if: Command not found, shell redirection operators don't work, and almost none of the commands match the functionality of their standard equivalents (not to mention they appear to not even be trying to mimic Linux, mentioning FreeBSD in their quasi-MOTD)... –  Chris Down May 17 '12 at 14:47
This is not a bash shell, so it does not fit the OP requirements. It has a very small subset of specific commands. It is not suitable for scripting. –  uther May 17 '12 at 15:44

I believe you are looking for a "free shell account". You should be able to sign up for one that has a description of what you are looking for.

These are typically provided with no expectation of privacy. Be careful what you store and what passwords you use.

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