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Shell in a box for Archlinux

An AJAX web-based fullscreen terminal emulator where you can mark an copy text (depending on your browser, according to my tests opera is optimal). Forget Ajaxterm! You find shellinabox in the AUR.


Using aurget

aurget -S shellinabox

or manual

wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/sh/shellinabox/shellinabox.tar.gz
tar xvzf shellinabox.tar.gz
cd shellinabox 
wget http://shellinabox.googlecode.com/files/shellinabox-2.14.tar.gz
# you need several dependings
sudo pacman -U shellinabox-2.14-2-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz


To get an ssh login on the machine shellinabox is running on use –service=/:SSH. I had it running with login service but don't get it again.

edit /etc/conf.d/shellinaboxd and set the options

--background=/var/run/shellinaboxd.pid --port=8888 --service=/:SSH --css=/usr/share/doc/shellinabox/white-on-black.css --cert=/tmp/

or other if you like

Perhaps you want to use –localhost-only so only your HTTP Proxy could access the web-interface. Otherwise on a system with an public IP everyone could connect to the web-interface.

The certificate in tmp because shellinabox create the certificate himself while running as nobody so it needs a place where it could write

Enable and start service

systemctl enable shellinaboxd
systemctl start shellinaboxd

Additional infos

Path to css files



I could build shellinabox with your manual way. But after installing via Pacman, there is no file /etc/conf.d/shellinaboxd. I i generate this file manulay and enter your content, this file seems to be ignored by shellinabox, if i run it. However, i can start shellinabox with the Options you specified on Commandline. Also i have a problem to use shellinabox as a service. If try to start it with “systemctl start shellinaboxd”, i get the message “Failed to start shellinaboxd.service: Unit shellinaboxd.service failed to load: No such file or directory.”. Could you please update your HowTo a little bit?

PTW: The Url to https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/sh/shellinabox/shellinabox.tar.gz is outdated.

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linux/shellinabox.txt · Last modified: 29.03.2013 15:56 by eanderalx