ZShaolin GNU / Linux terminal

ZShaolin GNU / Linux terminal

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ZShaolin installs an interactive and scriptable console terminal on your Android device. It comes with a fully featured and well usable shell (colors, completion etc.), a large software keyboard and several command line applications to edit and convert images, audio and video in different formats, transfer files, admin remote machines and edit scripts.

☯☯☯☯☯☯ Features

No root required! ZShaolin saves you time and effort to be all set on Android with a PRO terminal that includes:
Vim (fully featured) to edit texts with syntax highlight and more
Emacs (v24 barebone) works installing the free Emacs Android app
Git versioning system to keep track of your files and their modifications
OpenSsh and RSync to transfer files over the network
Midnight Commander the historical file manager for console
FFMpeg to convert, decode and encode audio and video files
ImageMagick to convert and manipulate all image formats
Sox and OggZ to manipulate and convert audio files
Lighttpd to serve files and HTML pages from your device
Lynx a textual web browser to surf while using the terminal
GnuPG to encrypt and decrypt files and verify crypto signatures
LUA, Perl and GNU tools for shell scripts
☞ And even Games, how can we live without them? ;^)

As you can imagine ZShaolin is there to make an hacker's life easier when using Android, while offering a friendly learning environment for shell scripting.

☯☯☯☯☯☯ Documentation

ZShaolin comes complete with all manual pages of included programs (just use man!)

There is plenty of documentation freely available on the Internet in English and other languages on how to use a terminal console, here below we suggest some introductory reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_shell Information about the Z-shell
http://en.flossmanuals.net/command-line Introduction to the command-line
http://zshwiki.org ZSh user's wiki
http://grml.org/zsh/grml-zsh-refcard.pdf ZSh configuration reference card
http://www.imagemagick.org/script image manipulation
http://sox.sourceforge.net/Docs/Documentation audio manipulation
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html video manipulation

☯☯☯☯☯☯ Known Bugs

☞ SWIFT keyboard not supported.
☞ UTF-8 extended characters are not supported (yet).
☞ Only ARM devices supported, no Intel (yet).
☞ Experimental stage: Perl, Lynx, Lighttpd, MC
☞ Not really a bug, but you need approx 240MB free! be sure there is enough space in FLASH (not sdcard)

We are actively developing ZShaolin and we welcome your bug reports: please report your problems on https://bugs.dyne.org do not report your bugs in the market comments! Many reported so far were due to hardware failure. You need to make sure your hardware is in a good state and test at least twice if you can reproduce the bug.

To login via ADB console (debugging mode ON) and drop privileges:
uid=`ls -l /data/data/org.dyne.zshaolin/files/system | \
/data/data/org.dyne.zshaolin/files/system/bin/awk '{print $2; exit}'` \
/data/data/org.dyne.zshaolin/files/system/busybox/bin/setuidgid \
"$uid" /data/data/org.dyne.zshaolin/files/system/etc/zlogin

I will react to your reports, but keep in mind I love details! ;^)

☯☯☯☯☯☯ Thanks!

This application is still in development: by buying it you will support its progress, on our website we also detail how your money is spent.

If you don't have money to pay, you can build ZShaolin yourself: its all made with free and open-source software. To get to the sources follow links from the homepage on http://www.dyne.org/software/zshaolin

Many people supported this development by buying this app: MANY THANKS!

And happy hacking! :^)

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Recently changed in this version

This update brings fixes to the shell environment and some brand new tools:

☞ On popular request: the Midnight Commander!
☞ Lighttpd daemon to serve files and HTML
☞ Lynx textual web browser
☞ GnuPG tool for file encryption and signature verification
☞ ZSh is updated to version 5
☞ Moar gamez: Curse of War, CTetris and Cryptoslam
☞ Perl is restored (experimental, feedback welcome)

A new user forum is available on https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/zshaolin

Comments and ratings for ZShaolin GNU / Linux terminal
  • (67 stars)

    by Max Cat on 15/06/2014

    I love this app. Would be almost complete if it had python and maybe a linux-like packages manager .will r ate again soon

  • (67 stars)

    by Sourav Chakraborty on 07/05/2014


  • (67 stars)

    by Thomas Wong on 17/04/2014

    My favourite (and powerful) command shell of all time.

  • (67 stars)

    by Iñaki Arrieta Baro on 08/03/2014

    Ezinbestekoa kontsola eta scriptak faltan botatzen ditugunontzat.

  • (67 stars)

    by Peter Korman on 01/03/2014

    The program generated 57212 files in under: /data/data/org.dyne.zshaolin It duplicated my entire sdcard fileset. It might work fine. But it is *NOT* small. After I saw that I uninstalled the app. [---- wait ! ----] My mistake. All those references were result of symlinks. DOH! So I reinstalled. When I get sshd to run I'll go to 5 stars

  • (67 stars)

    by Simon Leonard on 19/02/2014

    I love this. So far it's turned out to be my favourite batch editor for images but something really annoys me. First, there is no option to map the terminal "ESC" key to the physical back key. This is important on ASUS transformers as the back key on the physical keyboard is exactly where ESC is on a normal keyboard. Also, pasting into the terminal (or at least vi) seems impossible. edit: in fact

  • (67 stars)

    by Tomi Häsä on 14/01/2014

    Emacs seems to be looking for an SD card, but Nexus 7 has no SD card slot. At least I can enjoy the UNIX/Linux look!