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SecureCRT session browser for GNU/Linux and Windows Subsystem for Linux.

It should also work on macOS with some changes but YMMV.

At early stages, not heavily tested. Alpha quality.


  • Browse SecureCRT sessions
  • Search through them
  • Parse SSH sessions and generate a OpenSSH command line
  • Password is automatically copied to clipboard if found

How to use

Arch Linux (including Arch on WSL)

AUR package: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/shcrt-git/

Other distributions (including WSL)

It should work both natively on GNU/Linux and on Windows under WSL, provided you have bash, python3, pycrypto for Python3 and your favorite dialog tool ((c)dialog works everywhere).

  • Clone it with --recursive
    git clone --recursive https://github.com/Depau/shcrt.git
  • If you forgot about it...
    git submodule init
    git submodule update
  • Simply run the script:


Configuration can be placed in ~/.shcrtrc. It must be a sourceable by bash, use bash syntax.

Custom GUI mode

export supermode=YOUR_CHOICE

It must be set to one of the GUI back-ends supported by EasyBashGUI.

At the time of writing, supported modes are:

  • dialog: ncurses terminal based GUI (good for WSL)
  • whiptail: another terminal based GUI (good for WSL)
  • none: uses internal shell-based EBG GUI, which uses echo and read
  • zenity: GTK-based GUI for GNOME-base desktops, with a Windows port (see below)
  • yad, gtkdialog, xdialog: other GTK-based GUIs for GNOME-based desktops
  • kdialog: Qt5-based GUI for KDE or Qt-based desktops

Needless to say, unless you're using none, the desired GUI back-end needs to be installed.

If you're using WSL and you don't want to use a terminal-based GUI, you need an X11 server such as VcXsrv. Otherwise you can use Zenity for Windows.

Default is determined by EasyBashGUI. On GNU/Linux it will pick a GUI dialog that fits with the running desktop environment, falling back to a TUI dialog. On Windows, a TUI dialog will run unless configured.

Zenity on Windows

The script includes an experimental wrapper for native Windows Zenity on WSL.

To make it work, you need to:

  • Download WinZenity: https://github.com/maravento/winzenity
  • Place it somewhere in your Windows drive (i.e. C:\Program Files\zenity.exe)
  • Add this line to your ~/.shcrtrc:
    alias zenity.exe="'/mnt/c/path/to/your/zenity.exe'"
    # for example
    alias zenity.exe="'/mnt/c/Program Files/zenity.exe'"
  • Notice how you need to put double quotes to take into account for the spaces in the file path.


export emojis=YOUR_CHOICE

Force enable/disable emojis. Emojis are enabled by default on GNU/Linux, and disabled on WSL. If you're using a custom terminal that supports emojis you can force-enable them on Windows too.

  • auto: always display emojis on GNU/Linux, disabled on WSL because of crappy terminal
  • yes, no: force enable/disable

Custom SecureCRT config path

export crtconfig="/path/to/your/Config"

Overrides default SecureCRT config paths:

  • GNU/Linux: ~/.vandyke/SecureCRT/Config
  • Windows: %APPDATA%/VanDyke/Config (⇒ usually /mnt/c/Users/your.user/AppData/VanDyke/Config)

SFTP client helper

In order to run an SFTP client, a helper script/function must be provided. The helper needs to accept a ssh-like command line. It can be provided as a bash function or as a binary in $PATH.

By default, if nothing is provided the program will display an error message.

A FileZilla helper is provided and it should work on GNU/Linux and Windows on WSL. To enable it, add the following to your .shcrtrc:

function sftp_client_runner {
  run_filezilla "$@";

The FileZilla helper source code can be found in sftp_runners.sh

Default session action

export default_action="ask"

Sets an action that will always be run immediately when selecting a session. Default is ask. Available options are:

  • ask: let user pick an action from a menu
  • print: print session details to console and exit
  • exec_ssh: execute ssh
  • exec_sftp: execute SFTP helper (it needs to be provided)


I expect it to be full of bugs; so should you.

Please report any bugs you find on GitHub :)