How to connect to Linux VPS from Windows

In order to login to your Linux VPS from Windows, you will need a third party software called PuTTY.

What is PuTTY?

PuTTY is a free software application for Windows which can be used to make an SSH connection to your server.

PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client, developed originally by Simon Tatham for Windows device.

PuTTY is an open-source software that is developed and supported by a group of volunteers.

If you do not have PuTTY yet, you can download the application here.

Make sure you are using the right 32-bits or 64-bits version.

Logging in into the Linux VPS

Open PuTTY, you should see the following window.

PuTTY Configuration

Accessing the server

In the configuration window, enter your connection settings : 

  • Host name : IP Address of your server
  • Post : 22 (leave as default)
  • Connection type : SSH (leave as default)

Click the Open button to start the SSH session.

If this is the first time you are connecting to the server from your Windows device, you might see the following PuTTY security alert output.

All you have to do is to click on Yes.

Logging in the server

Once the SSH connection is authenticated, you should see a terminal prompt window asking for your username and password : 

  • Username : root (by default)
  • Password : ••••••••••• (You can find your password in your Client Area)

Note : You won't see your cursor moving, or any characters when typing your password in PuTTY. This is a standard security feature. Just hit Enter when you are done typing your password. You can paste your copied password by pressing your Right-Click button into the PuTTY password input.

You should now be logged into your Linux VPS from your Windows device! 

Having issues connecting?

If you have issues connecting to your Linux VPS with PuTTY, please make sure of the following :

  • Does your configurations settings are good?
  • Did you entered the good credentials?
  • Does your Linux VPS is running?

If everything on the above looks good from your side, send us a support ticket with your error message and our team will make sure to help you.


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