How to Use Prompt as a Mobile Terminal Alternative

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.”