How to Use SSH on Windows Systems

Introduction

Image result for sshSSH or Secure Shell is  a cryptographic network protocol for operating network services securely over an unsecured network (Wikipedia). If you need to access a server with SSH, you will have to use an SSH client. Linux and Mac OS systems have built-in SSH clients while Windows does not have any built in SSH clients.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to use SSH on Windows.

Use SSH on Windows

Since Windows does not have a built in SSH client, we will have to download and install an SSH client. There are few SSH clients that can be downloaded. Among these are Cygwin, Putty, FireSSH and Secure Shell App. FireSSH is a plugin for Mozilla Firefox. Secure Shell App is an extension for Google Chrome. If you prefer using browser extensions, choose between FireSSH or Secure Shell App. Cygwin is more like making your system be aware of Unix like commands. I do not prefer using Cygwin. I prefer using Putty thus the purpose of this tutorial.

We will be using the most widely used SSH client in Windows, which is Putty. Here are the steps in acquiring Putty to use SSH on Windows:

  1. All you have to do is download the MSI file (Windows Installer) in this link https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html. If you are using a 32-bit operating system, select the 32-bit link. Otherwise, use the 64-bit link.
  2. Afterwards, execute and install the downloaded file.
  3. Locate and run Putty.exe. This can be located in your Start Menu.

You should see a configuration window for Putty like this:

how to Use SSH on Windows

From the configuration window, you can set the host name or IP address of the server and click Open button.

You can read more about Putty from this link: https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/faq.html

That’s it! That’s how you can use SSH on Windows. Let me know if you have any questions.