PuTTY and its related tools are a free version of Telnet and SSH for windows.  It has been available since 1999 and I have heard about it since way back then, but I haven’t had a real need for it until just recently.  I used to use the SSH Secure Shell commercial client, but since that is technically not free to use for non-commercial use I decided to switch.

Uses for me

  • Login through SSH using Public Key authentication
  • Converts a Linux private key to a PC-usable key
  • SCP and SFTP clients


PuTTY can be found here: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

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