Rebex Terminal Emulation

Terminal emulation, SSH Shell and Telnet component for .NET

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Standards and platform support

VT100, VT52, and other terminals 

Supported terminal types:

  • VT52 terminal

    All common features are supported.
  • ANSI terminals

    All common features are supported.
  • VT100 and its successors

    Common features of VT100, VT102, VT201, VT220 supported.
    Works with higher versions such as VT520, VT525 as well (some features are supported).
  • xterm terminal

    Common features are supported.
  • Wise 60

    Experimental support.
  • SCO ANSI

    Experimental support.
  • Pick terminal

    Experimental support.

If you lack any of the less-common features we have not implemented yet, please let us know.

100% managed .NET code with no external dependencies 

  • Rebex Terminal Emulation is written in 100% managed C# code.
  • No external dependencies. It only needs .NET Framework.
  • No open source code used.
  • Fully CLS-compliant.
  • Supports any .NET language (C#, VB.NET, C++/CLI, etc.)
  • Platform-independent code. Same assemblies for both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

.NET Framework on Windows 

Rebex Terminal Emulation supports the following .NET Framework platforms:

  • .NET Framework 4.8
  • .NET Framework 4.7.x
  • .NET Framework 4.6.x
  • .NET Framework 4.5.x
  • .NET Framework 4.0
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • .NET Framework 3.5
  • .NET Framework 3.0
  • .NET Framework 2.0
  • Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions (same DLLs)

Supported IDE versions:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2019
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2017
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

Supported Windows versions:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7

Rebex Terminal Emulation is known to work on Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server 2003 R2. However, these platforms already reached end-of-life, which means we cannot guarantee any kind of support for Rebex Terminal Emulation on these operating systems.

.NET Core 

Rebex Terminal Emulation supports .NET Core platform.

Supported frameworks:

Supported operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7 (SP1 and higher)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 and higher)
  • Linux (64-bit)
  • macOS (64-bit)

.NET Standard 

Rebex Terminal Emulation supports .NET Standard 1.5/2.0 on .NET Core 2.1 and 2.2. It also supports .NET Standard 2.0 on Mono 5.14 (or higher). Support for .NET Standard 2.0 on Universal Windows Platform (build 16299 or higher) and Xamarin.Mac (version 3.8 or higher) is experimental.

Mono on Linux 

Rebex Terminal Emulation supports Mono 4.x/5.x on Linux and Apple macOS (OS X).

Terminal Emulation WinForms control is supported on Windows (.NET) and Linux (Mono). UI-less classes work fine on Apple macOS/OS X as well.

Xamarin.Mac is not supported yet. Write to us if you need it.

Xamarin.iOS 

  • Visual Studio with Xamarin.iOS 10.3 or later
  • iOS 10 or later

Only the UI-less classes are supported on this platform. See mobile features page for details.

Xamarin.Android 

  • Visual Studio with Xamarin.Android 8.0 or later

Only UI-less classes are supported on this platform. See mobile features page for details.

Xamarin.Mac 

Rebex Terminal Emulation features experimental support for Xamarin.Mac 3.8 or later via .NET Standard 2.0.

Only UI-less classes are supported on this platform. See mobile features page for details.

Universal Windows Platform 

Rebex Terminal Emulation features experimental support for Universal Windows Platform (UWP/UAP) applications on Windows 10 via .NET Standard 2.0.

Supported platforms:

  • Windows 10 (version 1709 or higher)
  • Windows 10 IoT (version 1709 or higher)

In order to use Rebex Terminal Emulation on these platforms, make sure to specify at least Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (10.0; Build 16299) in your Universal Windows project.

Only UI-less classes are supported on this platform. See mobile features page for details.

Only UI-less classes are supported on this platform. See mobile features page for details.

Legacy platform support 

For details of legacy platforms support see the following articles:

.NET Compact Framework on handhelds and mobiles 

Rebex Terminal Emulation supports Microsoft legacy handheld and mobile platforms.

Supported frameworks:

  • .NET Compact Framework 3.5
  • .NET Compact Framework 3.9

Supported mobile operating systems:

  • Windows CE 5.0, 6.x
  • Pocket PC
  • Windows Mobile
  • Windows Embedded Compact 7
  • Windows Embedded Compact 2013

Supported IDE versions:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013

Only the UI-less classes are supported on this platform. See mobile features page for details.

Internet RFC specifications 

Rebex Terminal Emulation supports SSH2 protocol and implements the following specifications:

Other RFCs:

SSH1 is not supported - it is no longer considered secure and has been considered deprecated more than 15 years ago.

Please note that some non-essential features might not be supported. Let us know if you need to add anything.

FIPS 140-2 mode 

Rebex Terminal Emulation can operate in a FIPS 140-2 compliant mode. When enabled, only FIPS-approved cryptographic modules from MS CryptoAPI are used. FIPS mode is activated automatically when Windows is running in FIPS mode. To switch on the FIPS mode manually, set
Rebex.Security.Cryptography.CryptoHelper.UseFipsAlgorithmsOnly to true.

Proxy servers 

  • SOCKS4
  • SOCKS4a (Socks4 with domain name resolving)
  • SOCKS5
  • HTTP proxies with CONNECT method support
  • Tunneling through SSH servers

Learn how to use proxy servers in Rebex Terminal Emulation.

Cryptographic algorithms 

  • Diffie-Hellman key exchange
  • RSA
  • DSA (with support of non-standard key sizes of up to 4096 bits)
  • Tripple DES
  • ArcFour (compatible with RC4)
  • AES (Rijndael)
  • Blowfish
  • Twofish
  • CTR and CBC block cipher modes
  • SHA-1
  • SHA-2 (SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512)
  • MD5

Learn more about SSH security settings.

Private key formats 

  • PKCS #8 keys
  • PuTTY .ppk keys
  • OpenSSH/OpenSSL (SSLeay) keys
  • Keys on smart cards
  • Certificate-based keys

Learn more about private keys in Rebex Terminal Emulation.

Scripting platforms 

Rebex Terminal Emulation is designed primary for use in .NET framework applications. However, it can be used in several other scripting and hosting environments:

  • Microsoft SQL Server SSIS packages
  • Microsoft SQL Server SQL CLR stored procedures
  • Microsoft PowerShell scripts

See how to use Rebex Terminal Emulation in SSIS, SQL CLR and PowerShell environments.

Asynchronous operations 

Ssh object supports Task-based Asynchronous Pattern (TAP, introduced by .NET 4.0), which makes it possible to use the 'await' operator in .NET 4.5. Legacy IAsyncResult pattern (Begin/End methods) is supported as well.

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