OpenSSH and Putty are free SSH clients to connect to a unix or linux server from a computer running windows operating system. Though Microsoft Windows has a built-in client to FTP and Telnet remote systems, it does not have a SSH client to connect to a remote server. OpenSSH and Putty are useful client if you need to SSH and Telnet to a remote computer.
OpenSSH for Windows:
OpenSSH for Windows is a free package that installs a minimal OpenSSH server and client utilities in the Cygwin package without needing the full Cygwin installation.The OpenSSH for Windows package provides full SSH/SCP/SFTP support. SSH terminal support provides a familiar Windows Command prompt, while retaining Unix/Cygwin-style paths for SCP and SFTP. the following are the general features of OpenSSH:
- Windows NT Service Support
- Windows Command Prompt support for SSH Terminal
- SCP/SFTP server support
- Includes Command-line clients
Free download OpenSSH installer from here. The full install of OpenSSH is about 5mb, while installer is under 3mb.
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. Free download Putty from here.
We will see how to use OpenSSH and Putty in our future articles.