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sprink 05-23-2013 11:53 PM

Local Shell for Windows?
The linux version allows for local shell access. Are there any plans to allow local shell access (cmd.exe) for windows? I believe this is the only feature I feel I am missing.

bgagnon 05-24-2013 09:28 AM

Hello sprink,

I have added this thread to a feature request in our product enhancement database for access to cmd.exe inside of CRT SecureCRT window (Windows local shell). Should a future release of SecureCRT include this feature, notification will be posted here.

If you prefer direct e-mail notification, contact and include "Feature Request - Forum Thread #11039" in the subject line.

Matt Perry 05-30-2013 02:55 PM

Hi Brenda,

Could you please add to the feature request asking to allow letting the user configure which executable is run as the local shell? I'd also like to see this feature, but I would rather run PowerShell in the local session. cmd.exe is, for most intents and purposes, obsolete.

bgagnon 05-30-2013 04:22 PM

Hi Matt,

Yes, I altered the summary of the existing feature request to include PowerShell.

WizardXL883C 09-17-2015 12:00 PM

I know this is an old thread but -- Just wondering if there has been any movement on this feature request. I've been trying to pull a friend away from another product but the ability to open a local shell in a tabs as he does in the other product is the hang up. I've been waiting to see it too. Thanks!

rtb 09-17-2015 12:27 PM

Hi WizardXL883C,

There hasn't been any change in status of this feature request. Local shells on Windows are not the same as they are on *NIX operating systems.

We will post to this thread if this feature is ever implemented.

In the meantime, you could use a server on the local machine and connect to that.

jchamb2010 04-24-2018 09:26 AM


I would like to put in my +1 on this feature request. I'd love to be able to connect to a local powershell terminal from within SecureCRT and it's a major missing feature in my opinion especially for those of use who do both local development and remote management of servers on the same machine. Having to have two different terminal emulators open at the same time is a bit messy and it'd be wonderful if SecureCRT could do both -- even if it were to just be a wrapper containing powershell.exe in a tab.


berdmann 04-24-2018 10:11 AM

Hi, jchamb2010.

Thank you for your interest in this feature! I can see how the ability to connect to a local PowerShell from within SecureCRT would streamline your daily tasks. I have added your +1 to the feature request! :)

We will be sure to post here if the feature becomes available in a future release of SecureCRT!

oskomorokhov 08-08-2018 11:56 AM

+1 to this feature request (hopefully either cmd or powershell appears within securecrt someday) :)

bgagnon 08-08-2018 12:01 PM

Hi oskomorokhov,

Noted. :)

marti 08-28-2018 05:22 PM

+1 for the feature request and I would add a Cygwin bash shell to the list of supported local shells.

berdmann 08-28-2018 06:04 PM

Hi marti,

I went ahead and noted your requests to add support for both CMD and for Cygwin in SecureCRT! We will be sure to post here if support for either are added in a future release of SecureCRT!

If you prefer direct e-mail notification, contact and include "Feature Request - Forum Thread #11039" in the subject line.

dot 12-04-2018 07:31 AM

Hi guys,

I am just testing this software and find it amazing but the lack of some sort of local shell kills the deal for me...

I really hope at some point the development team will implement it, we are almost in 2019, even WINDOWS has WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) ... use that maybe ?

Until then I will use my current one. But please... please do implement this as I would really like to give you my money :)

bgagnon 05-10-2019 12:06 PM

Hi all,

I have good news (potentially)! :)

Local shell is now available in a pre-release build of SecureCRT/Windows.

One caveat though:
You have to be running Windows 10 build 1809 or later (or Server 2019).

If your environment meets that requirement and you would like to try a pre-release build, please email and include the following:
  • Windows local shell pre-release build (or similar in subject line)

  • If not writing us from the email address associated with your download account, please include that information in the body of the email.

avonnieda 05-20-2019 04:05 PM

Any plans to make a bash shell possible?
Hi Brenda,

Thanks very much for the download link earlier today! I've installed it and it looks great! I see in the session options there's a dropdown for either Cmd.exe or PowerShell. Will it be possible at some point to manually enter a bash / Cygwin shell as well?



bgagnon 05-21-2019 09:23 AM

Hi Adam,

I don't know about pointing to it as a shell since the requirement exists regarding Windows 10, but what happens if you type bash as a command in your chosen shell (CMD or PS)?

avonnieda 05-21-2019 03:05 PM

Why didn't I think of that?!
Hi Brenda,

Thanks for the suggestion, yep that works!!

I tested with Cygwin (Cygwin.bat) and with Git Bash (bash.exe). Both worked and started a shell in the same window, which is perfect.

This is awesome, thanks so much!


Edit: So what I did was automate the login for the local connection like so, to start the Cygwin shell automatically.
Logon Actions / Automate logon
Expect: C:\Users\adam
Send: C:\\Users\\adam\\Cygwin\\Cygwin.bat

bgagnon 05-21-2019 03:47 PM

Hi avonnieda,

Thanks for posting your results!

bifmac 08-16-2019 03:51 PM

Hi, can someone help me out? Which version of SecureCRT supports this functionality?

bgagnon 08-16-2019 04:17 PM

Hi bifmac,

It is a v8.6 pre-release build (meaning pre beta release). You need to contact us directly per this post if your OS meets the minimimum requirements.

ethan 10-08-2019 01:33 AM

Hi Tech Support,

Will you make this feature enabled for machines running Windows 10 but with builds before 1809?


ashiosee 10-08-2019 04:14 PM


Originally Posted by ethan (Post 52404)
Will you make this feature enabled for machines running Windows 10 but with builds before 1809?

That is a great question.

SecureCRT's Local Shell support on Windows is dependent upon the Windows Pseudo Console API (ConPTY) which was introduced with Windows 10 build 1809. Since ConPTY is not available in earlier versions of Windows, SecureCRT cannot provide Local Shell functionality in any earlier version of Windows.

aucarter 12-18-2019 12:49 PM

Waiting on Windows Local Session
+1 Just adding myself to the list waiting for the Windows Local session feature. I understand the SecureCRT version 8.6 beta has it, but I only install the full edition versions.

berdmann 12-18-2019 03:31 PM

Hi aucarter,

Thank you for expressing your interest in SecureCRT's recently implemented local shell functionality! As you stated, this functionality has yet to be added in an official release, however it will be officially available when SecureCRT 8.7 drops.

If you would like to know when SecureCRT 8.7 is officially released, you can sign up for SecureCRT Product Announcements via our website. Please refer to the following link:

Maureen 12-23-2019 02:24 PM

Local shell support has been added to SecureCRT 8.7*. CMD.exe, PowerShell, or any console application can be specified as the local shell.

SecureCRT 8.7 is in beta. The installer can be downloaded here:


* Must be running Windows 10 build 1809 or later (or Server 2019)

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