PuTTy is an emulator for the terminal. It allows you to log into another computer that can be on the same network or accessed via the internet. The basic program has no security, but you can add authentication and encryption to SSH to protect internet connections. The tool also includes a facility for file transfer, which can be secured by adding SCP and
The most popular SSH clients for windows. is a free implementation of SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. It is one of the most popular and widely used Windows SSH clients available. If you can’t decide which secure shell client to use, start with PuTTY. Its very small is size and easy use. Most of people in Linux world prefer to use putty. But they are aware that there are many tools available to provides many features which putty doesn’t have.
Here is our list of the best PuTTY alternatives for SSH clients:
Multi PuTTY Manager
(MPManager) helps to open and manage multiple PuTTY sessions in tabs. All PuTTY sessions are managed and stored under folders.
This application is developed based on the inspiration of PuTTY Connection Manager application which was out of support.
is free and open source software licensed under GPLv3. AutoPutty does not alter PuTTY or use PuTTY's source in any way. It manipulates a PuTTY window and organizes it into dockable windows within tabs to be more productive.
Poderosa, an opern source free SSH client for Windows in its first release, has now a new paid version that you can test and evaluate for free. With its modern user interface, this terminal has many ways of making your life easier: it provides a modern UI for a familiar browser-like experience, with support for tabs. It's versatile and robust. Poderosa comes with some new features:
- 1.Splitting Screen and Tab
- 2.Caret and Animation
- 3.Shell Assist
- 4.Awesome effects
is a free multi-tabbed SSH client that supports copying files and directories with SCP on-the-fly and editing files in-place.
is an advanced terminal for Windows with an X11 server, It provides tabbed SSH client and many of other networking tools for remote computing. MobaXterm provides all the essential Unix commands to Windows desktop, in a single portable executable file which works out of the box. It comes with a library of plugins, and even its own protocol clients, MobaXterm is a great server tool with myriad Terminal options for those who really want to dig deep (conversely, you may find it a bit bloated if you just want to do lighter Putty work, for example).
MobaXterm lets you set up remote terminals in SSH, telnet, rlogin and Mosh, and has an intuitive interface that lets you set up multiple SSH taps, split terminals horizontally/vertically, among other quality-of-life features. Naturally, it has all the Unix commands you need too, letting you work much as you would in Linux.
There’s a limited free version of MobaXterm that lets you have up to 12 sessions, two SSH tunnels, and 4 macros (it also has a portable version).
is an open source software terminal emulator with UTF-8 support.
is a secure, multi tab terminal services and remote desktop client.
is a fork from version 0.63 of PuTTY, the best telnet / SSH client in the world. KiTTY is only designed for the Microsoft Windows platform, however, users can access Linux, and Unix machines. KiTTY is a better adaptation of PuTTY as it offers features that the famous terminal emulator PuTTY lacks. As it is developed based on the same programming foundations of PuTTY. As such, it is easy for programmers to switch to KiTTY as it has the same UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience) as PuTTY.
For more information about the original software, or pre-compiled binaries on other systems, you can go to the Simon Tatham PuTTY page.
ConsoleZ is an enhancement for Windows console that is not a shell akin to the above alternative terminal emulators. As such, it does not execute many of the shell features such as syntax coding and command history. ConsoleZ is a better-looking front-end for the command. Moreover, there is no need to install as it will work along with the Windows command line. Users can view multiple consoles side by side by splitting the console horizontally or vertically.
While the inbuilt Windows console does not come with customization options, ConsolseZ acts as a perfect terminal emulator by making it more accessible and productive. Using ConsoleZ, programmers can modify the look by adding themes, tabs and many other visual tweaks to make the dull looking Windows Command Prompt more vibrant.
is an improved version of PuTTY. It features some cosmetic changes and a number of addons to make it easier to use.
MTPuTTY (Multi-Tabbed PuTTY)
is a small free utility that enables you to wrap unlimited number of PuTTY applications in one tabbed GUI interface.
is a simple connection manager and launcher.
is a remote connections manager that can be used with PuTTY to provided a tabbed environment.
Hyper™ is a beautiful and extensible, cross-platform terminal built on open web standards. It provides an elegant command-line experience that is consistent across all supported platforms which includes macOS, Windows and various Linux distributions like Fedora and Debian. For developers, extensions are universal Node.js modules loaded by both Electron and the renderer process.
The all in one terminal client for Android including SSH, Local Shell, Mosh and Telnet support.
- - Full colour terminal / ssh client
- - Popup keyboard with all those normally hard to find characters
- - Use the volume keys to quickly change font size
- - External keyboard support
- - Community and third party plugins
SSH of Windows' Linux subsystem
The Windows Subsystem for Linux lets developers run GNU/Linux environment -- including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications -- directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a virtual machine.
- Choose your favorite GNU/Linux distributions from the Windows Store.
- Run common command-line free software such as grep, sed, awk, or other ELF-64 binaries.
- Run Bash shell scripts and GNU/Linux command-line applications including:
- Tools: vim, emacs, tmux
- Services: sshd, MySQL, Apache, lighttpd
- Install additional software using own GNU/Linux distribution package manager.
- Invoke Windows applications using a Unix-like command-line shell.
- Invoke GNU/Linux applications on Windows.
Chrome SSH Extension
Secure Shell is an xterm-compatible terminal emulator and stand-alone ssh client for Chrome. It uses Native-Client to connect directly to ssh servers without the need for external proxies.
If you are using Chrome OS, this is the App version for you. All other platforms should use the extension version instead. The extension version can be found here
Termius (formerly ServerAuditor)
Termius is an advanced SSH client and classic terminal tool in a modern fashion. It allows you to login into a remote computer such as a Unix server, a cluster node or a Raspberry Pi using the device you’re using every day — Android, iOS and desktop (as an extension to Chrome).
Termius is cross-platform and synchronizes user data across every device you use automatically.
Termius is secure and takes care of privacy, your data is encrypted using a master password and stored in our Zero-knowledge data store. So you can focus on getting the job done.
Currently, it supports SSH and SFTP and a whole bunch of encryption algorithms and security measures. Termius is used to manage a wide variety of devices and services, from Raspberry pi and Cisco routers to large node clusters. To use Termius to login into a remote network, you, of course, need to be authorized and possess over the correct credentials.
SSH of Cygwin
Cygwin is a distribution of popular GNU and other Open Source tools running on Microsoft Windows. The core part is the Cygwin library which provides the POSIX system calls and environment these programs expect.
The Cygwin distribution contains thousands of packages from the Open Source world including most GNU tools, many BSD tools, an X server and a full set of X applications. If you're a developer you will find tools, headers and libraries allowing to write Windows console or GUI applications that make use of significant parts of the POSIX API. Cygwin allows easy porting of many Unix programs without the need for extensive changes to the source code. This includes configuring and building most of the available GNU or BSD software, including the packages included with the Cygwin distribution themselves. They can be used from one of the provided Unix shells like bash, tcsh or zsh.
Manage remote sessions in a professional way
Connect to any server or device in your network with Solar-PuTTY for Windows
- Manage multiple sessions from one console with a tabbed interface
- Save credentials or private keys to any session for easy login
- Automate all scripts you’re using when connection is established
- Find your saved session easily thanks to Windows Search integration
- No installation is needed
Bitvise SSH Client
Bitwise provides secure remote access to Windows servers and workstations. Security is our SSH server's key feature: in contrast with Telnet and FTP servers, Bitvise SSH Server encrypts data during transmission. Thus, no one can sniff your password or see what files you are transferring when you access your computer over SSH.
Bitvise SSH Server is ideal for remote administration of Windows servers; for secure file transfer by organizations using SFTP and SCP; for advanced users who wish to access their home machine from work, or their work machine from home; and for a wide spectrum of advanced tasks, such as securing other applications using SSH TCP/IP tunneling.
You can try Bitvise SSH Server free for up to 30 days.
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