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simple, intuitive, no bullshit approach to parallel ssh

UPDATE 2021: This project has been rewritten in C at sshp.


npm install -g sshp


there are thousands of programs that do this, but none of them do it well. I wanted something simple, clear, non-assumptive, and cross-platform compatible.

sshp takes a command to run (pass directly to ssh), and a list of hosts with -f file or passed in over stdin. For every line of output from the remote hosts, the hostname will be prepended and printed out to the user. All stderr appears red and is written to stderr on the local machine, and stdout green to stdout. The exit code will be printed as soon as it is avaliable if -e is supplied, green for 0, red for != 0, as well as the ms deltas for all operations so you know how long things took.

Most importantly, you can specify the maximum number of concurrent ssh connections to use with -m or --max-jobs.

Send a SIGUSR1 to the process to get the current progress (like dd(1))


Parallel ssh into hosts supplied by a file, running uname -v


see how simple it is? you can get fancy and check the exit codes of the commands run remotely.


You can see the exit status of every command run remotely.

I'm also illustrating the point that sshp takes the input file over stdin, I'm not trying to win a uuoc award.

Run with -d to get full debug information, making it clear what sshp will do.


Just like ssh, sshp takes arguments like -l user, -p port and -q. If these arguments are not present, it will be as if you ran ssh without those arguments. This means ssh will run using your .ssh config if it is present, and not assume you ssh out on port 22, or as your username for instance.

Join hosts together by unique output to clearly identify differences or discrepancies in the output generated by each host.



Usage: sshp [-m maxjobs] [-f file] command ...

parallel ssh with streaming output

  ssh into a list of hosts passed via stdin and get the output of `uname -v`

    sshp uname -v < hosts

  ssh into a list of hosts passed on the command line, limit max parallel
  connections to 3, and grab the output of ps piped to grep on the remote end

    sshp -m 3 -f my_hosts.txt "ps -ef | grep process"

  -a, --anonymous   hide hostname prefix, defaults to false
  -b, --boring      disable color output
  -d, --debug       turn on debugging information, defaults to false
  -e, --exit-codes  print the exit code of the remote processes, defaults to false
  -f, --file        a file of hosts separated by newlines, defaults to stdin
  -g, --group       group the output together as it comes in by hostname, not line-by-line
  -h, --help        print this message and exit
  -j, --join        join hosts together by unique output (aggregation mode)
  -m, --max-jobs    the maximum number of jobs to run concurrently, defaults to 300
  -n, --dry-run     print debug information without actually running any commands
  -N, --no-strict   disable strict host key checking for ssh, defaults to false
  -s, --silent      silence all stdout and stderr from remote hosts, defaults to false
  -t, --trim        trim hostnames from fqdn to short name (remove domain), defaults to false
  -u, --updates     check for available updates
  -v, --version     print the version number and exit

ssh options (options passed directly to ssh)
  -i, --identity    ssh identity file to use
  -l, --login       the username to login as
  -q, --quiet       run ssh in quiet mode
  -p, --port        the ssh port
  -y, --tty         allocate a pseudo-tty for the ssh session


MIT License


If you're looking for cross-platform compatible see Installation above ;)


simple, intuitive, no bs approach to parallel ssh






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