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What is Putty?

puTTY config window
PuTTY is a free terminal emulator that supports SSH and many other protocols. Most users, particularly on Windows, find it very useful for connecting to a Unix or Linux SSH server. PuTTY has a graphical configuration interface with many useful features:

  • storage of connection data for quick reconnection
  • port forwarding
  • IPv6 support
  • SCP and SFTP support

In addition to Windows, PuTTY has been ported to Linux and other Unix-like operating systems and will soon have a Mac OS X version. PuTTY is free and open source software released under the MIT license. It is available for download from the project’s website.

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