I am coming from Windows, where I ran the program MobaXTerm.
Essentially I used it as an SSH client (though it has other uses). It has a great feature of showing the files and directories on the left hand side, while showing the terminal on the right side of the screen. This let me execute Linux commands from the terminal as well as easily drag and drop files.

My question is:
Is there a program likes this for Linux? One that displays the files/directories on one half and the terminal on the other?

Filezilla doesn't have a terminal I can execute commands on, but I like the drag and drop file usage.
PuTTY has a great terminal for command-line execution, but does not have a drag and drop feature that lets me easily view, create, delete, and access files/directories.


Here is a view of MobaXTerm's SFTP graphical/terminal style that I am looking for: MobaXTerm view

Note: if this is the wrong place to ask, or I am asking the question wrong, please let me know and I will go to the right source or rephrase my question.

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    I would recommend you softwarerecs.stackexchange.com though I don't think there is something like that. Unix idea is having single tool to do single job well, not all the jobs at once.
    – Jakuje
    Feb 14, 2017 at 7:54
  • Use sshfs and whatever GUI filemanager+terminal you want
    – ivanivan
    Mar 26, 2018 at 18:49

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I found an alternative in asbru


It has a lateral tab where you can save your connections


  • looks promising
    – cljk
    Jan 30, 2020 at 6:43
  • Beyond promising. I just installed it and it is Fraking AWESOME! So many configurable items!
    – Frak
    Apr 16, 2020 at 19:03
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    can't install it on Ubuntu 20. followed the two installation lines on the main site but receieved: "Unable to locate package asbru-cm"
    – aderchox
    Sep 12, 2020 at 11:31
  • @aderchox Hmm, give it another try. Just worked for me on Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS Apr 21, 2021 at 18:34
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    I tried the manual installation and worked github.com/asbru-cm/asbru-cm/wiki/…
    – JRichardsz
    Oct 3, 2022 at 22:35

I came across this problem myself and the best way I found around it was to use MobaXterm's portable exe and run it using wine on Ubuntu.

It worked perfectly for my use case on Ubuntu 20.04. Both the terminal and side panel's file browsing work exactly as you'd expect on Windows.

At the time of writing this, the MobaXterm portable version could be downloaded from here. Once you have installed wine on your linux distro, you simply need to unzip the file downloaded from the above link (thus revealing the portable exe) and run the exe as:

wine /path/to/MobaXterm/Portable/exe

I'd recommend terminator mobaxterm was my terminator replacement when I shifted back to Windows. You won't find a drag and drop window like you have in windows unfortunately but the hot keys in terminator - oh how I miss the hot keys.

Linux Mint has simple file tools available in Files: Files -> File -> Connect to server ... enter image description here

There are separate SCP tools available for Mint: https://krusader.org/ https://www.gftp.org/ etc.

  • I will take a look at it. I am running Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon Feb 14, 2017 at 3:50
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    Terminator is not really comparable to MobaXTerm. It's virtually just the hotkeys mentioned and split terminal. It does add some cool stuff to the regular terminal. It is not a fully featured alternative to MobaXTerm though.
    – ZaxLofful
    May 22, 2023 at 21:32

You can try snowflake: install with

sudo snap install snowflake

I was also looking for an alternative app for Mobxterm and I found this one. It has much more features like:

  • SSH + SFTP
  • built-in text editor
  • process monitor
  • system monitor
  • ssh key management



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  • Seems decent, but it's written in Java...So I'll pass and probably just stick with MobaXTerm with Wine or give Asbru a try.
    – ZaxLofful
    May 22, 2023 at 21:29
  • @ZaxLofful Oh you poor thing, what did Java do to you? I think of my own Java days with horror but that's because of my own poor coding practices. There are lots of large and well maintained programs written in Java like Apache Cassandra and Kafka. Aug 12, 2023 at 8:25
  • @PavinJoseph: It has severe exploits almost yearly....It did that to the world. Not to mention it's slow. I digress, for those interested; I tried MobaXTerm with WINE and its garbage.
    – ZaxLofful
    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:02
  • @ZaxLofful FWIW, I ended up using Filezilla and Konsole, at least konsole has terminal muxing built-in. If you're intent on using Moba, perhaps try running it with Bottles and different runners (soda, wine, etc.) Aug 22, 2023 at 6:26

If you are using Ubuntu at both ends,

  1. Open files folder in your local ubuntu machine. Click on "+ other locations" in left of your window.
  2. You can see connect to server option at the end.
  3. Enter IP (eg: "sftp://10.xx.xx.xx/"). click on connect, it asks for username and password.
  4. After entering username and password correctly, you can access any file from server. It feels like you are using server machine directly.
  • This works with a non-Ubuntu system on the other side as well :) just checked with CentOS and I even remember connecting to Windows this way.
    – zslim
    Dec 6, 2021 at 13:37
  • This worked for me like a charm! Thanks
    – rocksyne
    Feb 1, 2022 at 14:48

In my opinion, the best alternative for MobaXTerm for Linux systems is remmina


They are support sftp graphical/terminal, ssh client, rdp, vnc and much more..

full features list can be found here: https://remmina.org/remmina-features/

some pics from remmina's website

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    Hello! Could you provide more detail on what features does this tool has to do what the original poster wanted? Oct 18, 2020 at 17:43

Use FileZilla client. It has option of drag and drop and is easy to

  • "easy to"? Easy to use?
    – polemon
    Sep 22, 2021 at 4:14
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    My bad, it was a typo error. What I meant was that it's easy to use. Sep 22, 2021 at 11:59

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