Okay, so I’m switching gears a bit here and talking about an app that you can download from the App Store.

Make no mistake, while I love jailbreak apps and tweaks, I also have love for many apps that can be found in the App Store.

The App Store is loaded with myriads of quality apps, and Panic’s Prompt is one of them. Prompt is an SSH client, and a perfect alternative to Mobile Terminal for hardcore terminal users.

Did you know It also allows you to browse the root structure of your iDevice’s file system if you’re jailbroken and have OpenSSH installed?

Step 1: Purchase, download and install Prompt.

Step 2: Download and install OpenSSH from Cydia.

Step 3: Open Prompt, and use the following settings to connect to your iPhone’s root file structure.

  • Server:
  • Username: root
  • Password: alpine (unless you changed it, which you should)

We’ve already gone in depth about what’s to like about Prompt before, so if you’re interested in some of its features give it a read.

I know it’s expensive, but would you consider using Prompt as a Mobile Terminal alternative? As a big fan of Panic’s apps, for me that’s a resounding “yes.”

  • why not just use mobileterminal? it’s free

    • I give the reasons why in the article and the video.

      • could that use to set up spire proxy?? ^^

  • their is an iOS 5 compatible mobile terminal on the insainlyi repo its called mobile terminal (new) i been using that for a really long time on iOS 5

    • Yes, this is just an update to the old mobile terminal. Mobile Terminal is fine, but I was trying to give some alternatives. Prompt is expensive, but it has its perks for serious terminal users.

  • deep dvd

    The benefit of this app is definitely NOT to connect to your own device, but an excellent app to connect via SSH to another server/device. If you’re jailbroken, it seems like a huge waste of money if you’re only using it to connect to your own device.

    Really, an alternative to MobileTerminal? No. For other purposes, YES.

    • @deep dvd

      The point is/was, it’s an alternative IF you are going to use it for “normal” purposes.

      “..and a perfect alternative to Mobile Terminal for hardcore terminal users.”

      Hardcore terminal users, meaning they use terminal all the time, and hence outside of the jailbreak world. This is just another perk, that was my point.

  • Good info and video. I’m thinking about buying the app. Once I have it, what would be the command for turning off OpenSSH? I’m using UISettings which does not include a SSH on/off toggle. Thanks for the help!

  • Anonymous

    This is so much intriguing………………….I really don’t like having OpenSSH installed tho…………………..i just use MobileTerminal and it’s Apt tools…………………………..And use USB client (i-Funbox) to gain root Access…………………….I hate having to “login” every time I want to browse files.lol

  • For the people who’ll say this is useless and that you can’t even connect to your device without wifi, change the IP to localhost 😉