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Ásbrú Connection Manager

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A free and open-source connection manager

Ásbrú Connection Manager is a user interface that helps organizing remote terminal sessions and automating repetitive tasks.


  • Simple GUI to manage/launch connections to remote machines
  • Scripting possibilities, 'ala' SecureCRT
  • Configurable pre or post connection local commands execution
  • Configurable list of macros (commands) to execute locally when connected or to send to connected client
  • Configurable list of conditional executions on connected machine via 'Expect':
    • forget about SSH certificates
    • chain multiple SSH connections
    • automate tunnels creation
    • with line-send delay capabilities
  • KeePassXC integration
  • Ability to connect to machines through a Proxy server
  • Cluster connections
  • Tabbed/Windowed terminals
  • Wake On LAN capabilities
  • Local and global variables, eg.: write down a password once, use it ANY where, centralizing its modification for faster changes! use them for:
    • password vault
    • reusing connection strings
  • Seamless Gnome/Gtk integration
  • Tray icon for 'right button' quick launching of managed connections. Screenshots and statistics.
  • DEB, RPM and .TAR.GZ packages available


We recommend installing Ásbrú Connection Manager using our latest pre-built packages hosted on

To do so, execute the following commands:

  • Debian / Ubuntu

    curl -1sLf '' | sudo -E bash
    sudo apt-get install asbru-cm
  • Fedora

    curl -1sLf '' | sudo -E bash
    sudo dnf install asbru-cm
  • Pacman-based (e.g. Arch Linux, Manjaro)

    git clone && cd asbru-cm-git
    makepkg -si
  • MX Linux

    Ásbrú Connection Manager can be installed through the MX Package Installer under the Test Repo tab or by enabling the Test Repo and running

    sudo apt-get install asbru-cm
  • Windows

    • Windows 10 Build 19044 and later, or Windows 11



      1. Install or update WSL.
      2. Follow the installation instructions for Ubuntu above.
      3. Ásbrú Connection Manager will then be available in the start menu.
    • Windows 10 before Build 19044, or running older WSL

      It is possible to run Asbru-CM on Windows 10 by enabling WSL and using the application Asbru-CM Runner. If you do not have WSLG support, you will need to install Xming. The GitHub page for Asbru-CM Runner has detailed instructions on how to do this and allows you to run Asbru-CM on Windows 10 without a console window open in the background.

Once installed on your system, type asbru-cm in your terminal.

Testing new features

Our master and the snapshots are being kept as stable as possible. New features for new major releases are being developed inside the "loki" branch.

Beware that Loki can sometimes behave in an unexpected manner to you. This is somehow the same concept as the "Debian sid" release.

You are welcome to contribute and test by checking out "loki" or by installing our builds.

If you do not wish to run third party scripts on your systems, you can always access manual install instructions at

  • Debian / Ubuntu

     curl -1sLf '' | sudo -E bash
  • Fedora

     curl -1sLf '' | sudo -E bash

Installation of legacy 5.x

  • Debian / Ubuntu

    $ curl -s | sudo bash
    $ sudo apt-get install asbru-cm
  • Fedora

    $ curl -s | sudo bash
    $ sudo dnf install asbru-cm

Frequenty Asked Questions

  • Why did you call that project "Ásbrú" ?

    In Norse mythology, Ásbrú refers to a burning rainbow bridge that connects Midgard (Earth) and Asgard, the realm of the gods.

  • Is this a fork of PAC (Perl Auto Connector) Manager ?


    As David Torrejon Vaquerizas, the author of PAC Manager, could not find time, for some reasons that we respect, to continue the work on his project and was not open for external contributions (see this), a fork was needed to ensure the future and give the opportunity to the community to take over.

More questions can be found on the dedicated project wiki page.


If you want to contribute to Ásbrú Connection Manager, first check out the issues and see if your request is not listed yet. Issues and pull requests will be triaged and responded to as quickly as possible.

Before contributing, please review our contributing doc for info on how to make feature requests and bear in mind that we adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.

Financial support

If you like Ásbrú Connection Manager, you may also consider supporting the project financially by donating on Liberapay or by donating to one of our cryptocurrency addresses.


Ásbrú Connection Manager is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3 A full copy of the license can be found in the LICENSE file.




The repositories for our RPM and DEB builds are thankfully sponsored by packagecloud and Cloudsmith. A great thanks to them.

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