SSH client software

An SSH client can be thought of as a program/application that allows you to run Shell commands. There are many different types of terminal clients you can choose, depending on your operating system. This article gives you an overview on some popular choices.

View the following article for a more information on different clients:

Operating system clients

Max OS and Linux

Mac OS and Linux operating systems already have built-in terminals you can use.

Windows

Windows is the only commonly-used operating system that does not include a native SSH client. Windows users need to download SSH software separately (see below). 

Windows 10 does have an SSH client, but it's currently in beta. Because it's still in beta, a more stable option is to use PuTTY.

What information do I need to connect?

You'll need the following information to connect to your server:

  • Username
  • Password
  • Servername or website name

View the following article for details on how to locate this information.

Mac OS X

The simplest way to open terminal on OSX is to use the spotlight search. Press COMMAND (?) + SPACEBAR and then type the word terminal:

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Once selected, the terminal screen opens:

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View the SSH overview article for examples of commands you can use to log in with. 

Unix/Linux

Most distributions of Unix/Linux come with the OpenSSH package. Any terminal application (xterm, Konsole, and so on) can be used to initiate a secure shell.

To open your terminal, type in CTRL + ALT + T. This should automatically open your terminal where you can start running commands. You could also search for the word 'terminal' in your distribution's dashboard. This varies depending on which distribution of Linux you're using.

View the SSH overview article for examples of commands you can use to log in with.

Windows

Every Windows SSH client has its own way to be installed and launched, but once you've set it up, there is no difference in further operations. However, each client is suited to specific (or general needs). So, you may wish to try more than one to see what works best for you. Here are a few options:

  • PuTTY
    This is a free and very popular client for Windows users.
  • WinSCP
    This is a free and popular client as well. However it’s not a fully functioning client compared to PuTTY.
  • SmartFTP
  • SecureCRT
  • ZOC Terminal
    Also available for OS X.

Chrome

Secure Shell is a terminal emulator and stand-alone ssh client for the Chrome web browser. As of January 2015, it's still in beta release with known bugs.

iPhone

You can locate several terminals in the App Store. Just search for 'ssh terminal'. A popular paid app is Termius. But there are many other options available.

Android

There are several clients you can download from the Google Play store. Two options are ConnectBot and JuiceSSH.

See also

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