Token2Shell/MD version 12.3.0 is now available for download

  • "3des-cbc" cipher is added for connecting to legacy devices. Please note that 3des-cbc is considered a weak cipher and shouldn’t be used unless it’s the only option.
  • Token2Shell/MD can now properly handle serial devices without a COM port name; you can directly use its full device ID (ex. USB\VID_####&PID_####\…).

Token2Shell/MD is now simply Token2Shell!

In efforts to develop apps that are more tightly integrated with and fully optimized for Windows 10, we have upgraded our Windows developer account. But unfortunately Microsoft currently doesn’t provide a way to transparently migrate existing apps from one developer account to another.

All in all, we are releasing a new version of Token2Shell/MD from our new developer account simply as Token2Shell! Please install the new Token2Shell from the following link:

Please note that the new Token2Shell is not offered free to existing Token2Shell/MD owners. It must be purchased as a separate app if you want to upgrade.

For transferring existing Token2Shell/MD settings (ex. Address Book), you just need to export the Home Folder from its Settings page and select that exported folder from the new Token2Shell.

Token2Shell/MD will eventually be removed from Microsoft Store but we’ll keep providing bug fixes and minor enhancements as long as we can. All new features such as connecting directly to Docker containers will be added only to the new Token2Shell.

Please help us build Token2Shell awesomely better by supporting the new release!

Thank you.

Best regards,
Choung Networks Dev Team

Can your text terminal do programming ligatures in fonts?

Some fonts such as Fira Code include ligatures for commonly used multi-character programming signs and symbols. When appropriately used, such ligatures can greatly improve the readability of your codes.

When you want to use a TrueType font with programming ligatures, simply install it as a regular Windows font and select it from Token2Shell/MD. If you just want to use the font for a specific server, create an address book entry for the server and change its font settings.

Please note that if Token2Shell/MD was already running while installing fonts, you need to restart Token2Shell/MD in order to properly use the newly installed fonts from the app.


Token2Shell/MD version 12 gets new tabs on top and offers cleaner and simpler UI

  • Window tabs are now shown on top in cleaner and minimal layout! If your terminal windows are in floating mode, you can also completely hide the tabs.
  • Each terminal window now has its own find pane. You can activate this pane via the ‘Find‘ menu or keyboard shortcuts: ALT+F or CTRL+SHIFT+UP/DOWN
  • SVG images can now be directly viewed in Graph window using an escape control sequence: "ESC]72;<svg></svg>BEL". Displaying embedded bitmap images within SVG is also supported.

    This feature is compatible with generating standalone SVG image output in ‘gnuplot (’ version 5.2 and higher. In gnuplot, simply set the terminal type to ‘domterm‘; your output will be automatically transferred to Token2Shell/MD and displayed on Graph window.

Character input becomes more responsive and seamless in Token2Shell/MD

Token2Shell/MD version 11.2.2 is now available at Windows Store. The new version is more tightly integrated with Windows character input system and no longer needs its own “Character Input Buffer” option. Overall character input experience in Token2Shell/MD should now be more responsive and seamless. Especially if you’re using an IME (Input Method Editor) for Chinese/Japanese/Korean or one of the text input methods supported by Windows 10 such as handwriting and virtual keyboards (ex. WordFlow on mobile devices).

Token2Shell/MD now also has an option for changing the terminal cursor/caret color.

Token2Shell/MD gets a touch of fluent design in the new update

Fluent Design System is the future look-and-feel of Windows 10. It’s not yet available in the official release of Windows 10 SDK but we were able to implement one of its noticeable elements, acrylic background, for Token2Shell/MD.

In order to support this new acrylic background, Token2Shell/MD now requires Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393) or higher. If you’re using a previous version of Windows 10, you cannot update Token2Shell/MD to version 11.0.0 or higher.

The new version 11.0.0 also includes the following improvements and changes:

  • Address Book and Macro entries can now be moved or copied within their side pane view
  • You can now use sliding gestures on side panes for activating their associated menus. For example, on Address Book side pane, tapping an entry opens a new terminal window. However, you can select the entry for copying or moving by sliding it to right. If you slide it to left, you can access its popup menu.

  • Swiping to left on the right edge of the desktop opens the most recently used side pane view (ex. Address Book, Macro or etc.)
  • The password is now automatically removed from a URL before adding it to the recent connection history. For example, if you enter “ssh://username:mypassword@host.address” on the Quick Connect popup window, Token2Shell/MD uses the “mypassword” as a password for connecting to “host.address”. However, instead of storing the full “ssh://username:mypassword@host.address”, only “ssh://username@host.address” will be added. Token2Shell/MD now also has an option to completely turn off maintaining the recent connection history.

    The new behavior and option should be handy if you’re using a dedicated password manager such as KeePass ( and want to open sessions in Token2Shell/MD via URL’s.

Need to find an Address Book entry? Try using File Explorer!

Token2Shell/MD currently doesn’t support searching Address Book entries within the app. However, since its Address Book entries are saved as individual XML plain text files, you can easily do a search using Windows File Explorer.

The newly released Token2Shell/MD version 10.14.0 now also supports directly starting a session by double-clicking an Address Book entry file (*.t2s). The following summarizes new features added to the new version:

Token2Shell/MD now works seamlessly with Windows Task View (Virtual Desktop)

Token2Shell/MD version 10.13.0 is released to Windows Store. It includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • Token2Shell/MD can now be opened and managed for each Windows Task View (Virtual Desktop).

    Please note that switching among Task Views in Windows 10 works like minimizing and restoring apps in group. Unlike traditional desktop apps, Windows Store apps are suspended or put into hibernation when they are minimized. Thus, when you switch to a new Task View, the Token2Shell/MD instances running on the other Task View are suspended (i.e., file transfer and such operations are all paused).

    Please also note that when Token2Shell/MD is in full screen mode (ALT+F12), you may have a problem opening a new instance of Token2Shell/MD in a new Task View. In such case, please manually move the newly created instance to the new Task View. Once the Task View has an instance of Token2Shell/MD, all subsequent launchings of Token2Shell/MD should work as expected.

  • Greatly improved drawing speed for GNUPLOT when its terminal type is set to "xterm"
  • Now consistently handles the minimum terminal width and height options for mobile devices
  • Improved direct file printing over SSH
  • Exporting the Home folder no longer creates a subfolder named "Token2Shell" if the selected folder already has the same name

Want to use the Bash shell on Windows 10 (WSL) from Token2Shell/MD? No Problem!

Windows 10 Anniversary Update now officially includes Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). When you enable and install WSL, you can open a Bash shell and directly use native command-line tools from Ubuntu Linux. However, WSL can only be used from its dedicated console window; you cannot use other terminal emulators for accessing the Bash shell.

But there is a workaround! We’ve prepared an article describing how you can setup the Bash shell and use it from Token2Shell/MD.