A text-based user interface for a screen-based platform

A Terminal in your pocket (or on your desk)

The power of command line instructions, on your favorite device.

Control your files

Create directories, move files, compress them, uncompress them, edit them, run python, lua or Tex on your files, move them to other apps.

Check your network

Check connectivity with ping, check site identity with nslookup or whois, transfer files with curl or scp...

Edit your files inside the App

a-Shell comes with Vim included. You can edit your files and even run syntax checkers using e.g. vim-lsp or ALE. Or, if you're more old-school, there is also Ed.

Plays well with others

a-Shell uses iOS file sharing ability. You can open directories in other app sandbox, run TeX or Python there, send the result in a third app. You can also edit files directly in a-Shell.

Multiple shell windows

a-Shell uses iOS 13 multi-window ability. Edit your files in one window, process them in another, transfer them in a third...

Program on your iPad (or your iPhone)

a-Shell comes with several programming languages: Lua, Python, JavaScript, C and C++. Edit your programs and run them inside the app.

Install more packages

Use "pip install" to add more Python packages (if they are pure Python, since there are no way to send the result of the C compiler to the app).

Run your C and C++ files (yes, really)

clang/clang++ compiles your C/C++ files to webAssembly with wasi included. Execute the resulting files using 'wasm command'. You can also compile to webAssembly elsewhere and bring the files to your iPad.

Available on TestFlight

a-Shell is available on TestFlight.


a-Shell is entirely OpenSource, and released under the FreeBSD license.

Suggestion box

Need more commands? Found a bug? Want to suggest a feature? Open an issue.