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How to SSH using PuTTY

PuTTY is a free software application for Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista, and 7 which can be used to make an SSH connection to your server. You can download the application at


Before you start, youl’ll need:

Your SSH login credentials.
Be familiar with connecting to your server via SSH. See this articles for details: Connecting to your server via SSH.

Download PuTTY from or another PuTTY download source. The “putty.exe” download is good for basic SSH.
Save the download to your C:\WINDOWS folder.
If you want to make a link to PuTTY on your desktop:
Open the C:\WINDOWS folder in Windows Explorer.
Right click on the putty.exe file and select Send To > Desktop
Double-click on the putty.exe program or the desktop shortcut to launch the application.
You may receive a warning that the publisher cannot be verified. If you have downloaded this program from a good source, select Run. While (mt) Media Temple cannot vouch for third-party servers, the link provided above is generally a good source for PuTTY.
Putty icon.png
Enter your connection settings:
Putty settings.png
Host Name: OR
Port: 22 (leave as default)
Connection Type: SSH (leave as default)
Click Open to start the SSH session.
If this is your first time connecting to the server from this computer, you will see the following output. Accept the connection by clicking Yes.
Putty alert.png
Once the SSH Connection is open, you should see a terminal prompt asking for your username:

login as:
Connect with your SSH user of choice.
Next, enter your password. Please note that you will NOT see your cursor moving, or any characters typed (such as ******), when typing your password. This is a standard PuTTY security feature. Hit enter.

Using keyboard-interactive authentication.
You are now logged into your server with SSH. You should see output like this:

The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.$
You can begin typing commands at the prompt.