What is Teleport?

Gravitational Teleport is a gateway for managing access to clusters of Linux servers via SSH or the Kubernetes API. It is intended to be used instead of traditional OpenSSH for organizations that need to:

Teleport aims to be a cloud-native SSH solution, i.e. it makes it natural to think of environments, not servers. Below is a list of the most popular Teleport features:

Teleport is available through the free, open source edition ("Teleport Community Edition") or a commercial edition ("Teleport Enterprise Edition").

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Operating System Support

Teleport is officially supported on the platforms listed below. It is worth noting that the open source community has been successful in building and running Teleport on UNIX variants other than Linux [2].

Operating System Teleport Client Teleport Server
Linux v2.6+ yes yes
MacOS v10.12+ yes yes
Windows [1] yes [1] no

[1] Teleport server does not run on Windows yet, but tsh (the Teleport client) can be used on Windows to execute tsh login to retrieve a user's SSH certificate and use it with ssh, the OpenSSH client, running on a Windows client machine.

[2] Teleport is written in Go and it is theoretically possible to build it on any OS supported by the Golang toolchain.

Teleport Community

The Community Edition is on Github if you want to dive into the code. This documentation is also available in the Github repository, so feel free to create an issue or pull request if you have comments.

Teleport Enterprise

Teleport Enterprise is built around the open-source core in Teleport Community, with the added benefits of role-based access control (RBAC) and easy integration with identity managers for single sign-on (SSO). Because the majority of documentation between the Community and Enterprise Editions overlap, we have separated out the documentation that is specific to Teleport Enterprise.


We also have several guides that go through the most typical configurations and integrations.

Why Build Teleport?

Mature tech companies with significant infrastructure footprints tend to implement most of these patterns internally. Teleport allows smaller companies without significant in-house SSH expertise to easily adopt them, as well. Teleport comes with an accessible Web UI and a very permissive Apache 2.0 license to facilitate adoption and use.

Being a complete standalone tool, Teleport can be used as a software library enabling trust management in complex multi-cluster, multi-region scenarios across many teams within multiple organizations.

Who Built Teleport?

Teleport was created by Gravitational Inc. We have built Teleport by borrowing from our previous experiences at Rackspace. It has been extracted from Gravity, our system for helping our clients to deploy and remotely manage their SaaS applications on many cloud regions or even on-premise.

Support and Contributing

We offer a few different options for support. First, we try to provide clear and comprehensive documentation. Documentation is also available in the Github repository, so feel free to create a PR or file an issue if you think improvements can be made.

If you still have questions after reviewing our docs, you can also:

Teleport is made by Gravitational, and we hope you enjoy using it. If you have comments or questions, feel free to reach out to the Gravitational Team: [email protected].

Teleport Enterprise

Teleport Enterprise is built around the open-source core, with premium support and additional, enterprise-grade features. It is for organizations that need to secure critical production infrastructure and meet compliance and audit requirements.

Demo Teleport Enterprise

Teleport Community

Teleport Community provides modern SSH best practices out of the box for managing elastic infrastructure. Teleport Community is open-source software that anyone can download and install for free.

Download Teleport Community