How to Install OpenSSH Client in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to install and enable Windows built-in OpenSSH Client in Windows 11.

The just released preview of Windows 11 comes with a new user desktop and some cool features, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows device stand out.

Windows 11 also adds support for OpenSSH and it works. You can ditch your stand alone SSH client and instead use the built-in SSH client that comes with Windows 11.

OpenSSH client comes ready to be installed, it’s not enable by default in Windows 11. You must install it, then use it like any other dedicated SSH client. Built-in SSH client has always been a Linux thing, and not Windows. This is a good change for Windows users. Hopefully Windows users should not have to use third-party SSH clients like Putty and others to connect to SSH servers.

Also, when you’re a student and new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

Install OpenSSH Client in Windows 11

To install and enable Windows built-in SSH client, follow the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps, select Optional features on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

widnows 11 apps optional features

On the Optional features settings pane, under Installed features, search for OpenSSH Client. If it’s not already installed, then click on the Add an optional feature above.

windows 11 openssh client install

On the Add an optional feature pane, search for and select OpenSSH Client as highlighted below, then install.

openssh windows 11 install

You should now have OpenSSH client installed in Windows 11.

Use Windows 11 built-in OpenSSH client

Now that the client is installed, all you have to do is open Windows Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell. Either program should work for you. The client works just like the ones on Linux and other operating systems.

Type the ssh command followed by the username @ hostname or host IP address. You may specify the SSH port if not the standard port. If the server is configured right, access should be granted.

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openssh use in windows 11

That’s it!


This post showed you how to install, enable and use Windows 11 built-in OpenSSH client. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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