Manage Web Server and MySQL Remotely with TinyShell

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Oct 17, 2011 GMT
Dmitri Popov

TinyShell can come in rather handy when you need to access your web server remotely but can't use SSH. Put TinyShell on your server, and you can access and manage it remotely using a web browser. TinyShell lives up to its name: it's only 250Kb in size and includes only a handful of files. Installing TinyShell couldn't be easier: grab the latest version of the application, unpack the downloaded archive, and move the resulting directory to the document root of your server. Open the config-example.php file in a text editor and specify the desired login credentials. TinyShell features a built-in MySQL command-line client, and if you want to use it for managing MySQL running on your server, provide the required database connection info. Save the modified file as config.php, and you are done. Point your browser to http://127.0.0.1/tinyshell (replace 127.0.0.1 with the actual IP address or domain name of your server), and log in using the specified credentials. Voila! You have command-line access to your server. TinyShell supports several handy commands for managing your server, including download (download files from the server), mkdir (create a directory), rm (remove file), and image (display a graphics file). In addition to that, TinyShell features its own basic text editor which can be evoked using the tiny command. You can view a full list of supported commands and their descriptions by running the help command.

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