How to Install SecureCRT on Ubuntu

SecureCRT is a Terminal Emulator for SSH or Telnet protocols developed by Vandyke software.

How to Install SecureCRT on Ubuntu

How to Setup SecureCRT on Ubuntu 18.10 / 19.04

SecureCRT is not a free software, but it is the most robust Terminal Emulator for safer device management.

In our previous articles, we installed SecureCRT on Windows 10 and Mac.

In this article, we will examine how to run SecureCRT on Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish).

How to Configure SecureCRT

If you are a system and network administrator, follow the steps below to install SecureCRT, one of the programs you need to install after installing the Linux system.

   Step 1

First, to download SecureCRT for Linux, visit https://www.vandyke.com/download/securecrt/download.html and download SecureCRT 8.5.1 to your computer.

Download SecureCRT for Linux

   Step 2

After downloading SecureCRT for Linux, move the tar.gz file to your desktop.

Tar.gz File

   Step 3

Open the Terminal by pressing CTRL + Alt + T. Switch to the desktop location in the terminal and extract the SecureCRT.tar.gz file to /usr/share/.

cd Desktop
ls
sudo tar -xvzf scrt-8.5.1.1764.ubuntu18-64.tar.gz -C /usr/share/

 
sudo tar -xvzf scrt-8.5.1.1764.ubuntu18-64.tar.gz -C /usr/share/

   Step 4

After extracting SecureCRT.tar.gz to /usr/share/, execute cp /usr/share/scrt-8.5.1/SecureCRT.desktop ~/Desktop/ in Terminal to create the SecureCRT shortcut to the desktop.

cp /usr/share/scrt-8.5.1/SecureCRT.desktop ~/Desktop/

 
cp /usr/share/scrt-8.5.1/SecureCRT.desktop ~/Desktop/

   Step 5

To edit the SecureCRT.desktop shortcut, execute the nano SecureCRT.desktop command at the Terminal.

nano SecureCRT.desktop

 
nano SecureCRT.desktop

   Step 6

After installing SecureCRT, you must edit the SecureCRT.desktop file to make the desktop shortcut workable. Configure Exec and Icon in SecureCRT.desktop as follows.

Exec=/usr/share/scrt-8.5.1/SecureCRT
Icon=/usr/share/scrt-8.5.1/securecrt_64.png

 
Exec=/usr/share/scrt-8.5.1/SecureCRT

   Step 7

To make the SecureCRT desktop shortcut executable, execute sudo chmod +x SecureCRT.desktop in the Terminal.

sudo chmod +x SecureCRT.desktop

 
sudo chmod +x SecureCRT.desktop

   Step 8

To run SecureCRT, double-click on the desktop shortcut and click Trust and Launch in the Untrusted Application Launcher window.

Trust and Launch

   Step 9

After starting SecureCRT, click the I Agree button to accept the 30-day free trial period.

Accepting SecureCRT License Agreement

   Step 10

To access the configurations you have made in the Create SecureCRT Passphrase window via a password, you must select With a configuration passphrase and then configure an access password.

If your Ubuntu computer is not using any other user, you can select Without a configuration passphrase and click OK.

Continue Without a Configuration Password

   Step 11

Click the Cancel button in the Quick Connect window.

Quick Connect

   Step 12

After you have successfully completed the installation, you can check the version of the program in Help / About.

VanDyke Version

   Step 13

To create a SecureCRT start menu shortcut, you can use sudo cp ~/Desktop/SecureCRT.desktop /usr/share/applications/ in Terminal.

sudo cp ~/Desktop/SecureCRT.desktop /usr/share/applications/

 
sudo cp ~/Desktop/SecureCRT.desktop /usr/share/applications/

   Step 14

You can now see SecureCRT Launcher in the start menu!

Running SecureCRT

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   Final Word


In this article, we have examined on how to build SecureCRT and created desktop/start menu shortcuts. You can configure the network projects you create with GNS3 on your Linux computer with SecureCRT. Thanks for following us!

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One Comment

  1. Avatar for ASDF ASDF 12 March 2020

    Do not work. SecureCRT never run.

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