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Wetty = Web + tty

Terminal over HTTP and HTTPS. Wetty is an alternative to
ajaxterm/anyterm but much better than them because wetty uses ChromeOS'
terminal emulator (hterm) which is a full fledged implementation of
terminal emulation written entirely in Javascript. Also it uses
websockets instead of Ajax and hence better response time.

hterm source -


  • git clone

  • cd wetty

  • npm install

Run on HTTP:

node app.js -p 3000

If you run it as root it will launch /bin/login (where you can specify
the user name), else it will launch ssh and connect by default to

If instead you wish to connect to a remote host you can specify the
--sshhost option, the SSH port using the --sshport option and the
SSH user using the --sshuser option.

You can also specify the SSH user name in the address bar like this:


Run on HTTPS:

Always use HTTPS! If you don't have SSL certificates from a CA you can
create a self signed certificate using this command:

openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout key.pem -out cert.pem -days 30000 -nodes

And then run:

node app.js --sslkey key.pem --sslcert cert.pem -p 3000

Again, if you run it as root it will launch /bin/login, else it will
launch SSH to localhost or a specified host as explained above.

Run wetty behind nginx:

Put the following configuration in nginx's conf:

location /wetty {
    proxy_http_version 1.1;
    proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
    proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
    proxy_read_timeout 43200000;

    proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
    proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
    proxy_set_header X-NginX-Proxy true;

If you are running app.js as root and have an Nginx proxy you have to use:

Else if you are running app.js as a regular user you have to use:<username>

Note that if your Nginx is configured for HTTPS you should run wetty without SSL.


Does not work on Firefox as hterm was written for ChromeOS. So works well on Chrome.

Dockerized Version

This repo includes a Dockerfile you can use to run a Dockerized version of wetty. You can run
whatever you want!

Just do:

docker run --name term -p 3000 -dt nathanleclaire/wetty

Visit the appropriate URL in your browser ([localhost|$(boot2docker ip)]:PORT).
The username is term and the password is term.

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