Termux is a free and open code app that simulates the command shell used in Linux. By doing so, you can introduce all the usual commands and work comfortably from your Android device.
The app has several upgrades from the classic Android Terminal Emulator such as having access to a huge library of Linux packages to install right from the device, as well as some keyboard shortcuts transformed into combinations with the volume and on/off buttons. Likewise, it’s compatible with external keyboards of all kinds.
Termux combines powerful terminal emulation with an extensive Linux package collection.
• Enjoy the bash and zsh shells.
• Edit files with nano and vim.
• Access servers over ssh.
• Develop in C with clang, make and gdb.
• Use the python console as a pocket calculator.
• Check out projects with git and subversion.
• Run text-based games with frotz.
At first start a small base system is downloaded – desired packages can then be installed using the apt package manager. Access the built-in help by long-pressing anywhere on the terminal and selecting the Help menu option to learn more.
Whether you’re working with con NodeJS, Ruby, or Python, or you have to connect to servers via SSH, Termux can help you because of its potential to manage packages as if you were sitting in front of your desktop – but with the clean versatility of using Linux on an Android device, whose hardware is powerful enough to complete any task.
Termux is an Android terminal emulator and Linux environment app that works directly with no rooting or setup required. A minimal base system is installed automatically – additional packages are available using the APT package manager.
Secure. Access remote servers using the ssh client from OpenSSH. Termux combines standard packages with accurate terminal emulation in a beautiful open source solution.
Feature packed. Take your pick between Bash, fish or Zsh and nano, Emacs or Vim. Grep through your SMS inbox. Access API endpoints with curl and use rsync to store backups of your contact list on a remote server.
Customizable. Install what you want through the APT package management system known from Debian and Ubuntu GNU/Linux. Why not start with installing Git and syncing your dotfiles?
Explorable. Have you ever sat on a bus and wondered exactly which arguments tar accepts? Packages available in Termux are the same as those on Mac and Linux – install man pages on your phone and read them in one session while experimenting with them in another.
With batteries included. Can you imagine a more powerful yet elegant pocket calculator than a readline-powered Python console? Up-to-date versions of Perl, Python, Ruby and Node.js are all available.
Ready to scale up. Connect a Bluetooth keyboard and hook up your device to an external display if you need to – Termux supports keyboard shortcuts and has full mouse support.
Tinkerable. Develop by compiling C files with Clang and build your own projects with CMake and pkg-config. Both GDB and strace are available if you get stuck and need to debug.
Android is a heavily modified Linux operating systems, which means that many of the same apps and principles still work. That’s true for terminal apps as well, but they are not as common Android as you would think. Phones and tablets are not ideal as a platform for terminals, but it’s also not impossible.
Termux brings the bash and zsh shells to users for them to enjoy, allowing them to edit files with nano and vim, to access servers over SSH, to use python, to check out projects with git and subversion, and much more.
Furthermore, the packages people want to install can be downloaded with APT, which is a nice and useful feature.