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Blinkenshell - Free UNIX Shell Accounts!

Translations: [ Français ] - [ Svenska ] - [ Deutsch ] - [ Serbian ]

Hi there, and welcome to! This is a free UNIX shell provider. Here you can get your own personal shell account on a Linux Server for free! The only requirements is that you actively participate in our community and follow the rules and guidelines.

Blinkenshell is an online community with helpful and friendly users who are curious to learn more about interesting technologies and computers. You can read more about Blinkenshell here: About Blinkenshell.

This is a great place to be if you are looking for somewhere to learn more about UNIX, networking, programming or meet other people with similar interests as yours. For some common usage scenarios of a shell account, take a look here: UsageScenarios.

Blinkenshell is a fairly mature shell provider, the service has been online for over a year now, we've passed 100 users accounts some time ago and still growing fast. We're still accepting new members of course, if you're interested in signing up for an account take a look at the Signup Info.

Keep in mind that the server is located in my basement and is not intended for any commercial use. It doesn't cost anything to use and does not provide any guaranteed uptime, availability, quality of service or any warranty. This is a hobby project!

If you have any questions or just want to talk to us, come on in and join our chat room! (IRC: #blinkenshell @

Current events

  • The MUD is back online again (now accepts remote connections too)

  • MoinMoin wiki engine upgraded to 1.6.1

  • Planet_Blinkenshell - an aggregation of blogs of Blinkenshell's members. Here you can read about news/changes on Blinkenshell (my blog) and random postings from other members.

  • Everything up and running, we are accepting new registrations.



Titan (Free account)

SSH & SFTP Access

Disk Quota

50 MB

Background Processes


Detach (GNU Screen)

IPv4 IRC access

Bouncer (BNC)

IRC bots

SSH Tunneling





Monthly Price

0$ (Free!)

Setup Fee

0$ (Free!)


  • Secure remote login and file transfers via SSH and SFTP.

  • 50 MB Quota (25 MB for homedir and 25 MB for website)
  • IRC access via irssi, weechat, BitchX or ircII (gnu screen allowed -> detachable). Connectable to all major IRCnets (via IPv4). No Bots or bouncers allowed!

  • IM: centerim (ICQ, AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Jabbec), pidgin/finch (AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo), tmsnc (MSN), ekg (gadugadu), mcabber (Jabber)
  • Development environment: compilers (C, C++), interpreters (Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby), editors (Emacs, nano, VIm), utilities (diff, Subversion, CVS, Bazaar, GIT)
  • Info/Webhosting http://<username> (PHP, CGI, SSI, custom .htaccess)

  • SQL Databases via SQLite or MySQL (MySQL not enabled by default, ask for setup)

  • E-Mail access via mutt or pine, get your own email address (or forward) at blinkenshell: Webmail, SMTP and IMAPs access (not enabled by default, ask for setup)

  • Games: MUDs and other text-based games

  • Browse the web via text-based browsers such as links2 and elinks. Textbased FTP clients.
  • Network diagnostics: ping, tracepath, host (DNS lookup)

Why would you need all this? Take a look at some common UsageScenarios.

Server info


Contact info for JohanMarcusson, Blinkenshell admin and founder:


  • Info - Links to pages with more information about Blinkenshell.

  • FAQ - Frequently asked questions and answers.

  • Links - Some external links.

  • TitleIndex - Index of all the pages on this site.

This website is based on MoinMoin wiki engine. You can edit the contents of the pages by logging in with your signup account or creating a wiki user (a wiki user is not the same thing as a system account, you can not SSH to the server with this account.)