SecureCRT on OS X!!!!!!

I have been using SecureCRT on Win32 systems for around a decade. It is by far the best SSH/Terminal application I have ever used. Sadly, there is nothing on OS X quite like it.

Sure, Leopard gave us tabbed browsing under OS X; but the ability to manage groups of tabs is, to say the least, crippled. JellyfiSSH gives us a nice menu for managing connections, but it in itself is limited. It won’t open new connections as a tab on an existing window.

I wrote an article a while back about getting SecureCRT working on CrossOver Mac, but that has its limitations as well. The majority of what I regularly need to do works, but there is a fair chunk of activities that just crash out.

Apparently I missed something in the last VanDyke News You Can Use newsletter. I missed a survey for OS X users. I missed the chance to raise my voice and say “I will buy it!”

Never fear though, for it appears that VanDyke is indeed embarking on this noble project!

2. Survey Results – SecureCRT for Mac OS X

Last month we surveyed you to learn more about how you use the Mac,
and what features you would like to see in SecureCRT for the Mac

Those of you who responded were not just home and educational
users: a significant number of corporate IT users were among the
participants, with a sizable portion in larger organizations. Job
titles tended to be technical, from IT managers to developers, with
some executives for good measure.

Not surprisingly, well over half of those who responded were
current Mac users. The same proportion say they will not be
running Windows on a desktop a year from now. As for their needs,
over half wanted to see the same session management and tabbed
interface that the Windows version offers.

The most surprising result was that over half of those who
responded said there was a trend in their organization to move
away from Windows within 12 months.

The survey is now closed, but we want to get your input during
initial development. Send your requirements and comments
directly to Maureen Jett, the SecureCRT product director, at

This is FANTASTIC news! I can’t wait.


ps. Now, if only the folks at Visual SlickEdit would get off their arses and write a Carbon/Cocoa native port of SlickEdit for OS X. Yeah, yeah, yeah… there is an X11 based port for OS X. Sadly, it falls into the same trap that SecureCRT under CrossOver Mac does: Some of it works the way you expect, and some doesn’t; and that is just too annoying to deal with at times.


6 Replies to “SecureCRT on OS X!!!!!!”

  1. MOST Happy to read of this! I dropped Maureen a line at the above email address, hoping things are going well for them. Geez Chris, just reading of your praises for SecureCRT is making me really anxious to try it. Again, Thanxx for the update on this effort!

    1. If you follow the links on the SlickEdit site for System Requirements you will find that this is not a native Carbon or Cocoa OS X application, this is an X11 port. This is far from ideal. I’ve tried the Mac X11 port, and I don’t like it.


  2. Hi Chris, great report !

    any news on beta versions or release dates on SecureCRT ? I can´t wait. I´m just sorry I didn´t see the poll either, so I couldn´t state my support for a mac version. Let´s just hope it comes soon.

    Tor-Ivar Kristoffersen

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