An easy-to-use SSH tunnel manager built specifically for the Mac.
A perfect marriage of UNIX power with Mac elegance, Meerkat includes innovative features such as application triggers, automatic reconnection on system sleep & network change, Growl integration, Bonjour support, command-line and AppleScript integration, and much more.
You can also read a Meerkat support forum response on why you might want to use an SSH tunnel.
Tunnels can be associated with trigger applications.
The result? Tunnels come up when their trigger apps do, so dependent apps have everything they need at the ready.
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Meerkat will automatically detect system sleep, wake, and network events and reactivate your tunnels for you.
Your tunnels will be right where you left them, ready for use.
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Tunnel Setup Assistant
Local, remote, dynamic -- not quite sure which type of tunnel you need?
Meerkat's Tunnel Setup Assistant can walk you through entering the details to get the job done.
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Tunnels can advertise their presence on the local LAN with Bonjour.
Web browsers, iTunes, VNC clients, and FTP clients all speak Bonjour and can auto-detect tunneled services.
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Moving to Meerkat doesn't mean giving up your command-line tools.
Meerkat has a shell utility that can activate and deactivate tunnels and supports AppleScript
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Meerkat can be used to quickly launch SSH sessions to all of your accounts.
It even includes support for system-wide keystrokes mapped to these accounts.
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Meerkat is fully scriptable.
You can query the accounts and tunnels that have been setup, as well as activate and deactivate tunnels from AppleScript.
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A key player
Meerkat can either store SSH passwords in the system keychain or use the public key authentication built in to SSH to manage your tunneled accounts. Either way, you hold the key, securely.
Growl, but don't bite
Meerkat notifies you of tunnel activations and deactivations via Growl, so whether by application trigger, Meerkat startup, or manually, you always know what's going on with your services.
Play with the big cats
Meerkat is fully compatible with 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. Mwrrrow!
What's on the menu
Meerkat's status bar and dock menus give you full access to your tunnels. What's more, Meerkat can be run without a dock item for a very low paw, err, footprint.
Right from the start
You can set tunnels to automatically start when Meerkat does for hassle-free port forwarding whenever you need it.
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