First 3rd Party Native Publicly released iPhone app?


macrumors 6502a
Jan 8, 2007
...if Google Code is hosting this it probably means either that 1) Apple is giving the nod to this kind of development, 2) they are going to release an SDK or 3) Apple will realize the need for people to access the iPhone as a development platform to do really cool stuff with it.....
I wouldn't say that it's either 1. 2. or 3. It's probably all of the above 1, 2 and 3. This is very very exiting news.


Administrator emeritus
Jan 15, 2006
The Kop
First 3rd Party Native Publicly released iPhone app?

Well according to gizmodo

The application is MobileTerminal, "a terminal emulator application for the iPhone. is NOT an SSH client, nor Telnet for that matter. It can however be used to execute a console ssh-client application."

Link to the google code site here

Hopefully the start of a lot of applications appearing. Wonder what happens when you put more than 16 applications on there.


macrumors bot
Apr 12, 2001
iPhone Mobile Terminal App

iPhone hacking efforts have started to bring some rudimentary tools for developers to create their own applications on the iPhone. Unfortunately, the process of developing applications or even installing 3rd party applications remains cumbersome to most casual users.

One example application circulating today is Mobile Terminal (video) which allows you to have shell access on your iPhone.

A TUAW blogger writes about her experience playing around with the unofficial iPhone developer tools.

Again, while all these efforts or promising and the tools should only get easier, until Apple comes out with their own official developer's kit, we won't see the true potential for 3rd party applications on the iPhone.

Article Link


macrumors 6502a
Sep 23, 2006
That's a really good looking icon. Looks even better than apple's terminal icons.


macrumors 68000
Oct 1, 2003

Sweet !!! Terminal is actually an app I was longing for on the iPhone.
Ping, traceroute, SSH, Pico (umm maybe the Pine/pico stuff isn't installed on iPhone OS ?) and maybe some great iPhone OS guy snuck in the terminal version of Tetris

It would be awesome, but I do find myself a little standoffish on the third party apps for now.


macrumors newbie
Jun 1, 2007
Like the OSX dock may be...
Icons get smaller and you end up with 5 or 6 per row.
Or it will just scroll :D



macrumors regular
Mar 11, 2004
If security requirements weren't so tight now a days, I would be ecstatic about this program.

Don't get me wrong - little by little, the limits are being broken - either Apple will have to step up with a true dev environment or the hackers will just continue to have their way with it.

But how beneficial is a terminal program to anyone ? In my office, last year we went through SAS 70, recently we just got a Pen Test, and were starting the beginning of ISO 27001 certification.

Due to these, SSH access outside the firewall is a no no. No Wifi anywhere near the office and the iPhone doesn't have an ethernet connection so i could just jack in at a terminal on the floor and fix something in the server room from there.

So, like i said ? Do others have a use for something like this ? I do, but I cant use it.

Google is the kind of company to face the legal ramifications from Apple, if there were / are any, for doing this type of thing. The simple act of Google releasing this says alot.



macrumors 6502a
So, like i said ? Do others have a use for something like this ? I do, but I cant use it.

Google is the kind of company to face the legal ramifications from Apple, if there were / are any, for doing this type of thing. The simple act of Google releasing this says alot.
Yes. I can now access my computers remotely and securely from my iPhone. Having sftp-server on the phone gives me filesystem access -- either via GUI drag-n-drop FUSE drivers or sftp clients or from CLI via sftp or ssh -- from any OS. That includes classic Mac OS and Linux, too. It also opens the gate for SSH tunneling as well, which can help in those scenarios of being on a public Wi-Fi network and still wanting to securely connect to email or computers.

Having sftp-server has greatly simplified the process of tossing ringtones on, and various other functions. Having a Terminal right on the iPhone is nice to have direct filesystem access from the phone and managing processes and implementing scripts. In short, with these and future developments it's finally become a mobile computer rather than a sandboxed device.

Even if you can't ssh out of the network, it's still nice to be able to ssh into computers within the network for diagnostic reasons. I've already used my phone to connect to my MacBook and kill a runaway process when it took a dump. Incidentally it was Finder when my iPhone's IP changed ... :D

Also, Google is not releasing this. Google has no affiliation with this. It's hosted on their open source code hosting page. If you read the TOS for Google Code, it states:

You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials ("Content") are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated.
Sure, Apple can try to force Google to pull down the page -- not quite sure why they would, but I suppose they could -- but in that unlikely scenario, it'd move to SourceForge, BerliOS, or any other source hosting pages. They're not exactly breaking IP by releasing applications that utilize Apple's API whether or not that API is published.

EDIT: Looks like the threads were merged, because I didn't see half of these posts when I started this post a long while ago. whateverandever covered the Google thing already. :)


macrumors G3
Aug 6, 2006
1) terminal? how geek is that? LOL, it might be useful for hackers,
2) I am still wondering, can anybody tell me, there are quite a few hacks floating around, what will apple's patch do to these hacks? such as those who hacks iphone into a pure ipod+"internet device" w/o phone function?


macrumors regular
Dec 29, 2003
without a little snitch available for my iPhone, should i be concerned about running the pre-compiled binary and ssh tools from the google code site? i'd imagine it could phone home my login credentials.