5 cool android apps for linux administrators

by jagbir on November 7, 2011

Having an android based smartphone is cool and using apps related to your core work in it is even more cooler :)

Though there’s not much choice available as far as apps for Linux admin are concerned, but still there are few useful. I tried hereby compiling list of 5 such apps which can be helpful for us but its definitely possible that I didn’t come through some awesome app which you are aware about, in such case, requesting you to please put a comment about it.

1. ConnectBot

This one is my favorite, may be because I use this frequently. ConnectBot is a powerful open-source Secure Shell (SSH) client developed by Kenny Root and Jeffrey Sharkey. It can manage simultaneous SSH sessions, create secure tunnels, and copy/paste between other applications. This client allows you to connect to Secure Shell servers that typically run on UNIX-based servers. This of course can’t replace you the experience of using your PC/Laptop but in case where you are on the move and needs to get inside your server fast, this is must have. You can get more info about it from here.

2. VNC® Viewer


VNC® Viewer control a computer anywhere in the world from your Android device! I have used it few times and it worked flawlessly. You can run applications, change settings, and access data exactly as you would be permitted to do were you sitting in front of it, and using the keyboard and mouse.


3. ServerUp

A good to have monitoring app for any Sys Admin. ServerUp allows you to check the status of your network and web servers. ServerUp is configurable to check the status as often as you would like. Looks like Android market right now lacks good monitoring apps using which you can keep eye on your network/servers and even at this moment, the apps which are there are not fully tested and kind of bit unstable.


4. DropBox

Who don’t know about this? Though not a specific app for admins out there but can be helpful to keep your important notes/files in sync. I usually keep server related notes, info etc in text files and dropbox does the duty of keep it up to date everywhere, be it PC, web or android phone. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go. Another worthy app in this space is ES File Explorer.

5. AndFTP

AndFTP is a FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP client. It can manage several FTP configurations. It comes with both device and FTP file browser. It provides download, upload, synchronization and share features with resume support. Though I used it once when I needed to upload a file to a remote server through FTP urgently and fortunately file was there in my phone. AndFTP worked as expected.


Do you know or aware about any other app which is useful for Admin community? Please put a comment about it.

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