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SSH (or Secure Shell) is a protocol for secure remote login to another machine. This provides a command prompt where you can issue commands to execute programs or perform tasks on the remote machine. You can connect using a program called PuTTY or using the command prompt.

Let’s take a look at a video demo using the windows command prompt.

Using SSH from the Command Prompt

Using SSH from the Command Prompt

Using PuTTY

First you need to download and install the program. You can download PuTTY here. Go to your downloads folder then double click putty-64bit-0.73-installer.msi

Start PuTTY. In the configuration window, enter the IP address or hostname of the machine you’re connecting to. Enter the port number – usually 22. Click ‘open’.

connect to SSH server using PuTTY

When a connection is established, enter your username and password for the machine you’re connecting to.

login to SSH server using PuTTY

Once authenticated you can issue various commands from the command prompt.

SSH server using PuTTY

Connect from the Command Prompt

First, open the command prompt. Type ‘cmd’ into the search field on the bottom left of your screen. Click ‘command prompt’.

open command prompt

To connect to the server type:

ssh [email protected]

So for example:

ssh [email protected]
Connect to SSH server from Windows 10 Command Prompt

Enter the password for the username when prompted.