Open an SSH Connection to a Linux Server with a Windows Computer

SSH is not installed by default on computers running the Windows operating system. To establish an encrypted network connection using Secure Shell, you will need an additional program such as PuTTY. PuTTY is a free program.

In this article, we'll show you how to use PuTTY to establish an SSH connection to your server.

Prerequisite
  • You have downloaded PuTTY.
  • Start PuTTY.

  • Enter the IP address of your server in the Hostname (or IP address) field.

  • In the Connection type area, select the connection type SSH.

  • Click Open.

Please Note

The first time you log in, a warning message will appear. Since the server was previously unknown, PuTTY does not have a key yet.

  • To allow the connection and save the key for future sessions, click Yes.

  • Type the password and press the Enter key.

  • Enter the user name and press the Enter key.

You are now connected to the server through SSH.