High-performance terminal 'Termux' review that can install SSH, Apache, X11, etc. from the package manager on Android even though it is free

The free Android application ' Termux ' fulfills the desire to ' Ssh connect to a remote server and use a simple Linux environment even when you are away from home !'. Termux is a high-performance terminal that can be used like a lightweight Linux version, where you can install SSH clients, web servers,

window systems, etc. via a package manager.


Termux-Google Play app

First, go to the Google Play Store and install Termux.

Tap 'Open' when the installation is complete.

Termux has started.

Username, home directory and kernel information are below.

A major feature of Termux is that it can be used by the APT package manager. Execute 'apt update' to update the repository information.

Then upgrade the package with 'apt upgrade'. You can install and upgrade packages without root privileges.

If you install packages such as

Dropbear and OpenSSH that can be installed with APT ...

You can use Termux as an SSH client.

With this kind of feeling, it is possible to make an SSH connection to a remote server in the same way as a PC terminal.

You can also install

Apache on the web server.

After installation, start Apache and access '' from your smartphone browser ...

You can access a web server running on Termux. You can also load

CGI modules, etc., so you can build a WordPress environment on Termux.

You can also install htop and check the operating status ...

You can also write code with the

nano editor.

The 'ESC' and 'CTRL' keys are displayed at the top of the keyboard and can be operated in the same way as a PC keyboard. For example, to save a file with the nano editor, tap 'CTRL' and then tap the 'o' key.

Then tap the Enter key to complete saving.

You can also use the

Clang compiler, so you can compile and run your code.

In addition, Termux can also install

X11 , so you can even use the GUI from the outside via VNC etc. To use the GUI from the outside, install the necessary packages with the following command.

[code] pkg install x11-repo tigervnc pypanel xorg-xsetroot xorg-xclock [/ code]

After installing the package, execute the 'vncserver' command to set up the VNC server password and so on.

When the setup is complete, the VNC server will start automatically, but at this point you will not be able to view X11-enabled applications in the GUI.

Edit the VNC configuration file to view the X11 application.

[code] nano ~ / .vnc / xstartup [/ code]

Since I want to display xclock this time, edit the configuration file as follows.

End the process of the VNC server that has already been started with the 'kill' command, and start the VNC server again. This time, at startup, the resolution is specified with the '-geometry' option, and the number of bit colors on the screen is specified with the '-depth' option.

All you have to do is connect to the VNC server on Termux from the VNC client available on Android. This time I installed

VNC Viewer as a VNC client.

After starting VNC Viewer, tap the '+' button.

Specify '' as the IP address of the connection destination, enter an easy-to-identify connection name, and tap 'CREATE'.

Enter the password you set for the VNC server and proceed to 'CONTINUE'.

I was able to connect to a VNC server on Termux and view xclock.

In addition, Termux is also released in ' F-Droid ' which distributes open source Android applications, and F-Droid has an application update ahead of Google Play Store.

Termux | F-Droid --Free and Open Source Android App Repository

in Review,   Mobile,   Software, Posted by darkhorse_log