The following document explains how to use PuTTY as a Windows SSH client.
- Download the latest version of Putty from the official Putty website, http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html. We recommend you choose “A Windows installer for everything except PuTTYtel”
- Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
Configuring PuTTY to connect to the target computer.
- Start PuTTY. The PuTTY Configuration screen should pop up. Enter the name of the machine you are trying to connect to in the Host Name field. Also, make sure that the SSH connection type is selected.
- Under Connection->SSH, the Preferred SSH protocol version should be 2 only
- Click Open at the bottom of the configuration file. If this is your first time connecting to that computer, an alert will pop up. Click yes to save the host identification key.
- The terminal window should now open and prompt for your EECS username and UNIX password.
Load Existing SSH Keys
PuTTY can load existing SSH keys that you have previously made.
- Start PuTTY Key Generator and click load.
- Change the Files of Type: to All Files (*.*). Locate your SSH public key and open it.
- When prompted, enter your passphrase for your SSH key.
- Once finished, you should get a confirmation that your SSH key has been successfully loaded.
Extra Tools with PuTTY/SSH
- SSH Tunneling – How to create and use SSH Tunneling
- Exceed(X-Server) – Use Hummingbird Exceed to establish a networking and display protocol.
- SSH Keys – Use SSH keys to make connections more secure.
- PuTTY’s Official Site – See for the latest updates.