I'm writing an application that makes connections to SSH servers. It doesn't need anything specific from the server (except running under GNU/Linux). I need SSH servers for running my application tests.

I was wondering, is there some kind of free and open to anyone SSH servers? Maybe it's an idea for a new service :)


Check out the Free Shell Accounts list.

  • Amazing resource. In fact, I just tried out Insomnia24/7 link and the guys are pretty helpful on the IRC there. Thanks. – qre0ct Mar 22 '17 at 10:08
  • @qre0ct Do you happen to have an Invite Code for Insomnia24/7? Seems like it's invitations only now.. – Lavya Apr 15 '20 at 6:55
  • @qre0ct also I would be glad to receive an invite for Insomnia24/7 – dawez Aug 4 '20 at 19:38


Have used an account here on and off over the years. Recommended!

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    +1 for SDF. I've had a user account there for years. – Bill B Sep 29 '10 at 0:47
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    +1 but unfortunately it's not actually free if you want to anything useful like gcc, python .. – wim May 21 '13 at 5:38
  • Nice, though it doesn't seem to have tools like netcat, telnet etc. – Pithikos Aug 15 '14 at 17:18
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    Well nothing is free. Someone has to pay the bills. And $36 for lifetime access is a good deal. – NYCeyes Oct 12 '19 at 20:44
  • When you sign up, it says: your account will expire in 666 days. – jciloa Feb 6 at 19:32

Maybe you can use virtualization like virtualbox ? You can setup a running small linux server quickly this way.


As suggested, better than need internet connection and free 3rd party ssh accounts, get your own. You can get Virtual Machine (VMWare, VBox, Other) for that, and also, if you have an android mobile you can use SSHDroid (free) instead.

And don't forget Cygwin (Linux environment emulation with some package install support). You can set your ssh server built in windows and no need to get entire system (like vm does). A guide (http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/install.121/e22624/preinstall_req_cygwin_ssh.htm)


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