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 (Free, Open Source), MobaXterm (Freemium), mRemoteNG (Free, Open Source) and ZOC (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 27, 2021

    1. 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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      OpenSSH vs PuTTY opinions
      Most users think OpenSSH is a great alternative to PuTTY.
      Harty1978 Totally standardized on all platforms (ok, not Windows, but catching up there).
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Brioni1988 Up to date. One of the most trustworthy dev teams on the intenet.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      There is no gui for connection management.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

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      PuTTY allows you to access OpenSSH. OpenSSH is just the protocol.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      its a server not a client
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      OpenSSH includes both client and server software
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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    2. KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from PuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.
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      KiTTY vs PuTTY opinions
      Almost everyone thinks KiTTY is a great alternative to PuTTY.
      Vlad Fork of putty. But more recently updated and fresher.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      Xeogin It's a more actively developed fork.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      It's pretty much stock Putty, but upgraded to modern standards.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      pablosezparra The same functionality than PuTTY but prettier, and seems faster for me too
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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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.
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      MobaXterm vs PuTTY opinions
      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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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.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      It's never let me down and is feature rich.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    4. mRemoteNG is a fork of mRemote , an open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager. It allows you to view all of your remote connections in a simple yet powerful tabbed interface.
      mRemoteNG vs PuTTY opinions
      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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Free with premium features
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    5. ZOC is a powerful and well-established terminal emulator and telnet client, well known for its outstanding user interface with tabbed multi session support.
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      ZOC vs PuTTY opinions
      Almost everyone thinks ZOC is a great alternative to PuTTY.
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      externitoritus More features. Cleaner user interface. Actual support.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      foworax Much nicer user interface.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      grercl tabs, ease of use, very easy to customize
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Fast, multi-session support, stable.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      davidstaschover Easy to use, flexible and includes scp
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Brioni1988 One of the few options available on the mac.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    6. 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.
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      Termius vs PuTTY opinions
      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.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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    7. SSH and SFTP client for Windows incorporates: * one of the most advanced graphical SFTP clients; * state-of-the-art terminal emulation with support for the bvterm, xterm, and vt100 protocols; * support for corporation-wide single sign-on using SSPI (GSSAPI)...
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      Bitvise SSH Client vs PuTTY opinions
      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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      OKTAYMERCAN Easy to use also have sftp
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    8. Tabby is an Electron-based terminal app that works across Windows, Mac and Linux while also supporting Windows shells including Powerfull and git-bash on Windows.
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    9. 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 a ssh client
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    10. 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.
      PowerShell vs PuTTY opinions
      This alternative is disputed. PowerShell is still a legitimate alternative to PuTTY, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Brioni1988 Local command shell. Putty is first and foremost a remote connection too.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Not the same kind of product.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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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.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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