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Pundit Updated 8/21/2016

"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 probably most convenient to download the Installer version.

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