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Blinkenshell - Free UNIX Shell Accounts!

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Welcome to Blinkenshell! 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.

Blinkenshell is a mature shell provider, the service has been online for over three years (since summer 2006) and there are more than 400 user accounts registered. We're still accepting new members, if you're interested in signing up for an account take a look at the Signup info.

Blinkenshell is built around an online community with friendly and helpful users. 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. Many use their shell accounts to run an always-online IRC client (screened irssi) or host a webpage for example. Read about some other common usage scenarios.

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!

Read more about the Blinkenshell project and it's history.

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

Current events

  • News Blog

  • Everything up and running, we are accepting new registrations.
  • IPv6 now available on Titan!



Titan (Free account)

SSH & SFTP Access


Disk Quota

50 MB

Background Processes


Detach (GNU Screen)


IPv4 & IPv6 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 MiB Quota (25 MiB homedir + 25 MiB for website)
  • IRC access via irssi, weechat, BitchX or ircII (gnu screen allowed -> detachable). Connectable to all major IRCnets (via IPv4 or IPv6). 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

  • E-Mail access via mutt or pine, get your own email address (or forward) at blinkenshell: Webmail, SMTP and IMAPs access

  • 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, traceroute, dig, nslookup, whois, geoiplookup

Programs/software installed on Blinkenshell. Why would you need all this? Take a look at some common usage scenarios.

Server info

  • CPU: 1.83 GHz AMD
  • RAM: 2048 MB DDR
  • Connection: 8 Mbit/s downstream, 1 Mbit/s upstream (ADSL, Static IP, Reverse DNS, IPv6)

  • UPS: 700VA
  • OS: Gentoo Linux

  • Location: Linkoping, Sweden
  • OperationalStatus



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

  • FAQ - Frequently asked questions and answers.

  • Links - Some external links.

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