Connecting to an SSH Server Via PuTTY

Connecting to an SSH server via PuTTY is slightly different than doing so in a proper *nix terminal. Here’s how it’s done:

First, download and install PuTTY. Grab the “Windows installer for everything except PuTTYtel” from the PuTTY website.

Once that’s done, open the main PuTTY program and enter your IP where the below screenshot shows

PuTTY basic session settings for SSH

Hit the Open button then select yes when prompted whether you want to continue connecting. Enter your username then password in the terminal window that pops up (if you are accessing a new VPS for the first time, your only user is probably root).

PuTTY username login prompt

You should now be connected and able to use PuTTY as you would any other Bash shell.

using PuTTY for SSH

If you got to this page from the SSH SOCKS server tutorial, return to that page to continue with setup.