How to Install PuTTY in Ubuntu Linux

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This post describes installing the PuTTY SSH Client in Ubuntu Linux.

PuTTY, a lightweight SSH client developed for Windows systems, is also available on Linux machines, including Ubuntu. Developed by Simon Tatham, it has become probably the most popular SSH client in use today, although it may not be as popular as it once was.

What most people like about PuTTY is it’s lightweight, readily available to download, efficient, compatible with most operating systems, and gets the jobs done. In fact, on Windows systems, no need to install it. Download the PuTTY executable and run it. It’s that simple!

I’m not saying PuTTY is the best SSH client out there. Nope. PuTTY can’t compete with many of the well-maintained SSH clients. But PuTTY has many advantages that the others have, and that’s why people still go to PuTTY when they need to connect to a system via SSH quickly.

To install PuTTY, log on to Ubuntu Linux and open the command line terminal by pressing Ctrl — Alt — T keys on your keyboard.

When the terminal opens, run the commands below to install PuTTY.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install putty

After installing, go to the Activity overview and search for PuTTY SSH Client, then select Launch.

When you open it, you’ll get the same interface you’ll have on Windows systems. Like how you’d use it on Windows systems, this app functions the same way on Linux operating systems.

The layout looks the same but with Ubuntu color and themes.

To connect to an SSH server, type the server’s IP address and port number, then click Open.

Not just SSH, PuTTY can be used to establish Telnet, Serial, and Rlogin connections. SSH is used primarily because of its security and how it handles data being transferred between two network systems.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to install and use the PuTTY SSH Client in Ubuntu Linux. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to share.

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  2. why i cant to install putty in my ubuntu. Error Unable to lockate package. Please help me

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