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PuTTY Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to PuTTY for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is OpenSSH, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to PuTTY and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to PuTTY are KiTTY, MobaXterm, mRemoteNG and Tabby Terminal.

PuTTY alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but may also be SSH Clients or Remote Desktop Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of PuTTY.
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  1. OpenSSH icon

    OpenSSH

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • Cygwin
    • Haiku

    OpenSSH is a free version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users rely on. OpenSSH encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks.

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    Most users think OpenSSH is a great alternative to PuTTY.
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    Brioni1988

    Up to date. One of the most trustworthy dev teams on the intenet.

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    Harty1978

    Totally standardized on all platforms (ok, not Windows, but catching up there).

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    There is no gui for connection management.

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    It is a SSL-Protocol-Implementation not a Terminal Emulator

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    JTDimino

    Not a terminal emulator like PuTTY is.

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    fej

    OpenSSH is an implementation of the SSH protocol. Putty is a GUI application for connecting to other devices via SSH and Telnet.

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    ICB

    OpenSSH is a server for the SSH protocol and not a client to handle SSH sessions like PuTTY.

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  2. KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from PuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.

    ⚫︎ PortableKiTTY can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks KiTTY is a great alternative to PuTTY.
    Vlad

    Fork of putty. But more recently updated and fresher.

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    pablosezparra

    The same functionality than PuTTY but prettier, and seems faster for me too

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    Xeogin

    It's a more actively developed fork.

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    It's pretty much stock Putty, but upgraded to modern standards.

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  3. MobaXterm is an enhanced terminal app that brings the advanced features of a Unix-like command-line to Windows. It takes the power of Cygwin and wraps it in a sleek, visual interface that's super easy to use, lightweight and portable.

    ⚫︎ PortableMobaXterm can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableMobaXterm is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Windows Explorer ExtensionMobaXterm can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMobaXterm can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Almost everyone thinks MobaXterm is a great alternative to PuTTY.

    Arguably the best remote access program out there. Great compact interface, most features I've ever seen, works amazingly fast out of the box. The 10 session limit is what makes this Freemium, so if that is not a big deal for you, this is the software for you.

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    It's never let me down and is feature rich.

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    tihedomecu

    It's okay, but sessions are constantly disconnected after like a few minutes later. it also has some random cartoons all over the screen so annoying. not recommended.

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  4. mRemoteNG is a fork of mRemote , an open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager.

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    Almost everyone thinks mRemoteNG is a great alternative to PuTTY.

    If multiwindow (think 10+ ssh sessions at a time) is your thing this is the best alternative by far -- as a Linux admin and typically on 25+ servers at a crack this free app managed all servers no sweat.

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    Free with premium features

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  5. Tabby is an infinitely customizable cross-platform terminal app for local shells, serial, SSH and Telnet connections.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceTabby Terminal either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableTabby Terminal is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  6. ZOC is a powerful and well-established terminal emulator and telnet client, well known for its outstanding user interface with tabbed multi session support.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingZOC supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Almost everyone thinks ZOC is a great alternative to PuTTY.
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    hansolo1988

    Just let me say one thing: Try managing 200 hosts for 10+ clients in the host directory of Putty and ZOC.

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    externitoritus

    More features. Cleaner user interface. Actual support.

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    foworax

    Much nicer user interface.

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    grercl

    tabs, ease of use, very easy to customize

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    Fast, multi-session support, stable.

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    davidstaschover

    Easy to use, flexible and includes scp

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    Brioni1988

    One of the few options available on the mac.

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    PowerShell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    PowerShell (including Windows PowerShell and PowerShell Core) is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language built on the .NET Framework.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingPowerShell supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Brioni1988

    Local command shell. Putty is first and foremost a remote connection too.

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    Not the same kind of product.

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    Since recently Microsoft has integrates OpenSSH in Windows 10 natively, so PowerShell (and Windows terminal) may now connect to SSH hosts from the command line, as you would do from LINUX or OS/X. PuTTY however has many more functions.

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    PuTTY is for remote terminal access, via SSH, Telnet, serial, etc.. Powershell is a shell for scripting not SSH or Telent access.

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  8. Termius is more than a mere SSH client – it’s a complete command-line solution that’s redefining remote access for sysadmins and network engineers. Securely access Linux or IoT devices and quickly fix issues from the comfort of your couch via laptop or phone.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Almost everyone thinks Termius is a great alternative to PuTTY.

    Can be used on Linux, has a cleaner Interface compared to PuTTY & it's free for students.

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    Bitvise SSH Client

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    SSH client for file transfer, terminal and tunneling.

    ⚫︎ PortableBitvise SSH Client can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks Bitvise SSH Client is a great alternative to PuTTY.
    akanealw

    Very handy program. I have my ssh connection connect automatically at login. Does my reverse ssh tunnel and socks proxy and stays minimized in the system tray.

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    OKTAYMERCAN

    Easy to use also have sftp

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    MSYS2

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software.

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    It is a shell not SSH client

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    it is a shell not a ssh client

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