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Access your server via SSH with Putty

This tutorial will show you how to access a remote computer using Putty.
Putty is very popular and powerful remote client for Raw, Telnet, Rlogin and SSH protocols.
Putty can be downloaded from

It is stand alone application so once downloaded it can be used without installation. Just start putty.exe and you will see the Putty configuration screen.
Server access with Putty

Put the IP of your server or a particular domain name pointed to it into ”Host Name (or IP address)” filed as it is shown above and set the ”Protocol” to be SSH.
Then expand the ”Category” section in left and then choose SSH.

Once it is opened set the ”Preferred SSH protocol version” to be ”2” and then go back to the first screen as clicking on ”Session” on the top.

server connaction with Putty


To have this session stored type a name in the ”Saved Sessions” field then ”Save”. From now on you will need only to click on the stored session name and this will open a window with the saved settings.

If you want to see if there are any error messages while using Putty, you can choose the ”Close window on exit” option to be ”Only on clean exit”.

When you are ready click on ”OK” to start the login to the server.

SSH to server Putty session


If  you are logging for a first time you will see a security alert:

Server fingerprint message

Click “Yes” and the next will be the log-in prompt where you should put your server credentials:

Once you logged in you can continue to use Putty for server management .


For example if you type

This will reboot the server