How to enable the built-in OpenSSH client in Windows 10

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Microsoft has added the OpenSSH client to Windows 10, albeit as a beta feature. Though not enabled by default, users can install it to connect to SSH servers without third-party clients. However, the built-in Windows 10 SSH client supports only ed25519 keys and might not align with all SSH server settings.

This article explains how to use the built-in OpenSSH client in Windows 10.

Microsoft has finally added the OpenSSH client on Windows 10 machines. Although still a beta feature, it works. You’ll probably still want to use your favorite SSH client instead of the Windows 10 version.

The built-in OpenSSH client in Windows provides a convenient way to connect to SSH servers without installing third-party software. It is a native feature of Windows 10, which means it is more secure and reliable than using third-party software.

Also, it is easy to use and works just like the SSH clients on Linux and other operating systems. However, it should be noted that the built-in Windows 10 OpenSSH client only supports ed25519 keys, so it might not work with all SSH server settings.

Install Windows 10 OpenSSH Client

To get started with enabling the client, click on Start –> to Settings

windows 10 default apps installation location

Then click on Apps –> Apps & features from the Apps & feature page, click Manage optional features

windows 10 ssh client

Then click the Add a Feature button to add the new SSH client

windows 10 ssh client

Scroll down the list, click OpenSSH Client (Beta) option, and click Install

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That should install the Windows 10 OpenSSH client.

How to Use Windows 10 SSH Client

Once the client is installed, you must open Windows Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell. Either program should work for you. The client works just like the ones on Linux and other operating systems.

Type the ssh command followed by the username @ hostname or IP address. You may specify the SSH port if not the standard port. If the server is configured right, access should be granted.

ex. ssh richard@server.name.com

windows 10 ssh client

This is how to install Windows 10 built-in OpenSSH client

Enjoy!

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One response to “How to enable the built-in OpenSSH client in Windows 10”

  1. john Avatar
    john

    how can openssh possibly bear a microsoft copyright notice? I don’t trust this software, rather use the genuine openssh…

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