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Five SSH-ready clients for Windows and UNIX

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Every IT admin I know depends upon a secure shell at some point. It's the single best way to remotely administer a Linux or UNIX-based server. Secure shell allows you shell access to your servers, without the concern for transmitting plain-text passwords. Of course, shell access isn't limited to UNIX-like servers. Even Windows machines can run a secure shell server.

But what about gaining access to those secure shell-enabled servers? What is the best method? Well, that all depends - do you like the command line, or do you like a nice GUI tool? The good news, you can have them both. In fact, I have found five of the best SSH-ready clients. All of these clients are free and very easy to use. You'll find clients for both Windows and Linux.

Five Apps

1. PuTTY

PuTTY is probably the single most popular secure shell client for the Windows platform. It's incredibly easy to use, allows for the saving of profiles, and can be used as a portable tool.

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12 comments
answerman100
answerman100

I use the AbsoluteTelnet / SSH client from http://www.celestialsoftware.net.  It includes tabs and everything.  Also has built-in SFTP and great international support for various character sets, languages, and fonts.

Devil Monkey
Devil Monkey

I fully agree with dagoodale. I use Firefox with several anti-pub add-ons, but even so it is far from enough do protect from unwanted pub.

dgoodale
dgoodale

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StuartRothrock
StuartRothrock

SUA toolbox includes a full OpenSSL/OpenSSH implementation at the Posix level on all versions of WIndows for free and follows the NT security interface unlike cygwin and comes in x86 and x64 versions. Microsoft formally extended the life of SUA for 7 years in 2010 or 2011 I believe.

woody1960
woody1960

Used to use Secure CRT and it was nice with tabs, etc. But now I get the same features using Putty and Putty connection manager. Great combination and all free.

Humgut
Humgut

The GNOME Nautilus file manager on Linux desktop is my go-to when a more interactive alternative to the openssh scp/sftp command is desired. A good cross-platform client is Mozilla Firefox with the FireSSH and FireFTP extensions. Both pick up public/private keys and are invoked with URIs like ssh://me@myhost.net:22/home/me/ and sftp://...

doug
doug

except by installing cygwin locally, I guess.

tibeauch
tibeauch

MobaXTerm combines SSH client together with a nice Xterminal interface. I'm far from being an expert but I believe this SW is worth to be cited here and evaluated ... Please see by yourself and let me read your comments ...

xalexx
xalexx

The linux terminal is your SSH client? It's most likley openssh - www.openssh.com

colin
colin

Use xming with putty

doug
doug

Thanks. I'm going to try it.