Connecting on Windows


Download and install the latest version of PuTTY.

  1. Open PuTTY:
    1. Host Name: -- for example, if your username is john, and your server address is, then fill in
    2. Port: 22
    3. Click Open at the bottom.
  2. Verify the SSH host keys:
    1. You can consult the SSH Fingerprints page or check the DNS SSHFP records.
  3. Type in your password (the password is invisible):

NOTE: In PuTTY, you must use Shift+[Ins] in order to paste. Ctrl+v does not work for PuTTY.

Fixing the [Esc] key

Ctrl+[ is an alternate key for [Esc].

To get the [Esc] key to work properly on PuTTY:

  1. Go to Terminal > Keyboard and change The Function keys and keypad to VT100+.
  2. Go to Terminal > Features and check Disable application keypad mode.

Logging in with Keys

To log in with private keys, please see the PuTTYgen guide.