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Using PuTTY SSH Client on Ubuntu 17.04

PuTTY, a lightweight SSH client developed for Windows systems is also available to use on Linux machines, including Ubuntu. Developed by Simon Tatham, it has become probably the most popular SSH client in used today.

The things most people like about PuTTY are, it’s lightweight, readily available to download, efficient, compatible with most operating systems, and gets the jobs done. In fact on Windows systems, no need to install. Download PuTTY executable and run it. It’s that simple!

I’m not saying PuTTY is the best SSH client out there. Nope. PuTTY can’t complete with many of the well maintained SSH clients. But PuTTY has many advantages that the others done have and that’s why people still go to PuTTY when they need to quickly connect to a system via SSH.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install and use PuTTY on Ubuntu machines.

Step 1: Installing PuTTY

To install PuTTY, open logon to Ubuntu and open the command line terminal by pressing Ctrl — Alt — T keys on your keyboard. When the terminal opens, run the commands below to install PuTTY.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install putty

Step 2: Using PuTTY

After installing, go to Unity Dash or the application menu and find the application. When you open, you’ll get the same interface you’ll have on Windows systems. Just like how you’d use it on Windows systems, this app functions the same way on Linux operating systems.

The layout looks the same, but with Ubuntu color and themes.

putty on ubuntu

To connect to a SSH server, type the IP address of the server and port number, then click Open.

Not just SSH, PuTTY can be used to establish Telnet, Serial and Rlogin connections. SSH is mostly used because of its security and how it handles data being transferred between two network systems.

Well, this is how you install and use PuTTY on Ubuntu systems.

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