Windows Secure Shell Tete-a-Tete Shortlist

When using Windows I have been a reliable PuTTY user for as long as I can remember. At the same time as deploying some new workstations for personal use I felt compelled to stretch my legs and see what other options Windows admins are using in case I'm missing out on any killer features and the like. The following is a list of Windowns SSH clients I will be trying out as daily drivers over the coming weeks; while I will likely follow this article up at the end with some thoughts on those that kept my attention, it makes sense to compile this list in advance so I can use it during my system builds as an addendum to my Favourite Windows Software shortlist.

If I'm missing a client you think I should know about please pop by the new foxpa.ws General Discussion Telegram Geoup and let me know! While I am interested in bonus features like SFTP support, tunneling and X11Forwarding only free (as in free beer) or non-crippling evaluation Windows-native clients that implement a PTY and support modern protocols, crypto and at least password AND public key authentication will be considered. Naturally I'll be skipping the PowerShell implementation of OpenSSH since that's what I use all day on *nix machines anyway.

A detailed, multi-platform comparison of SSH clients is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_SSH_clients.


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