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"MobaXterm is an enhanced terminal for Windows with an X11 server, a tabbed SSH client and several other network tools for remote computing (VNC, RDP, telnet, rlogin). MobaXterm brings all the essential Unix commands to Windows desktop, in a single portable exe file which works out of the box."[1]


To install MobaXterm for Windows, simply go to the download link above. Because of the frequency with which you are likely to use MobaXterm, you will likely want to create a quick-launch icon for it as well as a desktop icon. You will also need to make sure that MobaXterm is allowed to work through your firewall -- most likely, your computer will ask you the first time you run the program. You should install the free version, and it is most convenient to download the Installer version. After you download the installer version, open it, and Windows will open a window for the installer that includes a section in pink labeled "Compressed Folder Tools." Click "Extract" and then "Extract All." You can use the default location for the extraction - leave the "Show extracted files..." checked. When the MobaXterm Installer window opens, double click the installer.

For the installation process, all the defaults should be fine. Once done, you will have a shortcut on your desktop and you will also have a link through the list of applications.


Once you have the program installed, you can start it by double clicking the icon on the desktop or through the applications list. Depending on how it was installed, there are different ways to make it work:

Start Local Terminal

Upon opening, MobaXterm may have a button that says start local terminal. If you click that, you will open a local terminal that will let you type the

ssh -XY

command. That's one option -- you can also follow the instructions below for Session.


Upon opening, MobaXterm may also only have a button to create a new session. Alternately, you can click the Session button at top left. When the session settings window opens, click the SSH link at far left. Put in the Remote Host box. If you are on your own computer, you can also check the Specify username box and put in your NetID. When you click OK, you will be asked for your ID (if you didn't enter it already) and then your password. From that point forward, when you start MobaXterm, you can click the session to connect to the Duke machines.

Duke Public PCs

On August 25, 2014, Duke deployed MobaXterm as a part of its public Windows distribution; it is available in the Start menu at

All Programs -> File Transfer & Remote Access -> MobaXterm Personal Edition


MobaXterm contains both the terminal window and the x-server; no second program is required to have graphics sent over to your PC from a remote host. As a result, all you need to do is:

  • Start MobaXterm
  • Type:
ssh -XY

where NETID is your NET ID (in lower case).

Alternately, if the New Session button comes up or you want to start a new session (by clicking the session icon at top left and then choosing SSH), you can use

for the Remote Host and then connect. From the point forward, whenever you start MobaXterm there should be a session called listed on the left; you can double-click it to connect.


Warning! CTRL-D in MobaXterm will log you out! The only time you might need to hit CTRL-D is if, in LaTeX, you get a missing file error. Otherwise, please be careful with CTRL-D!


Post your questions by editing the discussion page of this article. Edit the page, then scroll to the bottom and add a question by putting in the characters *{{Q}}, followed by your question and finally your signature (with four tildes, i.e. ~~~~). Using the {{Q}} will automatically put the page in the category of pages with questions - other editors hoping to help out can then go to that category page to see where the questions are. See the page for Template:Q for details and examples.

External Links


  1. MobaXterm Web Site