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ZShaolin GNU / Linux terminal

ZShaolin GNU / Linux terminal

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ZShaolin installs a powerful 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 scripting possibilities to edit and convert batches of photos, images, audio and video in different formats, transfer files and admin remote machines.

☯☯☯☯☯☯ Features

No root required! ZShaolin saves you time and effort to be all set on Android with a PRO terminal


Vim (fully featured) to edit texts with syntax highlight and more
Emacs console the lisp extensible editor, fully featured
RSync to transfer large files over the Internet
OpenSSH client and daemon to connect remote machines
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
GnuPG to encrypt and decrypt files and verify crypto signatures
HTop, NCdu and other tools to understand what's going on
Awk, Sed, Curl 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.

+ experimental packages (help welcome):

Git versioning system to keep track of your files and their modifications
Lighttpd to serve files and HTML pages from your device
Lynx a textual web browser to surf while using the terminal
Midnight Commander the historical file manager for console
Tmux console terminal screen manager

☯☯☯☯☯☯ 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: Information about the Z-shell Introduction to the command-line ZSh user's wiki ZSh configuration reference card image manipulation audio manipulation video manipulation

☯☯☯☯☯☯ Remote Shell (NEW!)

To log-in using another computer on the local network via SSH run 'z-ssh' and follow the instructions.

ZShaolin will generate keys and launch an ssh daemon.

☯☯☯☯☯☯ 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 and not 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. Rember this is software for developers and sysadmins: people who love to read the manuals.
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

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

And happy hacking! :^)

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Recently changed in this version

Main new feature is the possibility to connect to ZShaolin via ☞ SSHD from another computer. Just run the helper "z-ssh" in the terminal and follow the simple instructions.

Curl is now present and working along with some more scripting fixes.

Also try "ncdu" useful to explore the directories by size occupation

And games! :^)
☞ Curse of War, CTetris and Cryptoslam

User forum!forum/zshaolin

Thanks to stargazers!

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

    by Asher Shlachtman on 24/11/2013

    I have no words.

  • (67 stars)

    by Jeremiah Baughman on 15/11/2013

    Like a good home cooked meal. It makes a zsher feel at home.

  • (67 stars)

    by Stephen Blott on 01/10/2013

    In addition to zsh, this app provides a very-full set of Unix utilities, including a complete git client.

  • (67 stars)

    by Scot Becker on 31/08/2013

    Just spent a nice few hours using ZShaolin to take notes in Emacs using an external keyboard. Editing and core commands work fine. I was pleased and impressed. Getting org-mode and package-install to work would be magic.

  • (67 stars)

    by Matthew Moore on 07/04/2013

    This is just what I was looking for. I love having a terminal that works with what I consider to be the basic tools.

  • (67 stars)

    by Tomer Bar-Shlomo on 19/12/2012

    All you need for image audio and video yet so much more...

  • (67 stars)

    by Ed Ropple on 28/11/2012

    I'm a zsh user and a vim guy, so finding ZShaolin was fantastic. ZShaolin 0.6.0 worked completely out of the box, which was groovy, but there were a few configuration bits that made using vim in the way I'm accustomed to using it pretty hard. But my conversations with @jaromil on Twitter have been fantastic and he's super responsive toward suggestions--my suggested changes were live within a coupl