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PuTTY now recommended as the University's default SSH client

The University's recommended SSH client has changed to a collection of OpenSource SSH clients called PuTTY. The software is freely licensed for download from under the MIT License. Distribution to University departmental DeSC computers will be announced at a later date.

The PuTTY clients are simple to install and very stable. PuTTY is popular in the Linux community, which is likely to be the largest group of users on campus. For those who want a secure graphical FTP interface, OIT also recommends the use of FileZilla, a free FTP solution found at

As a reminder, all new Unix accounts (Undergraduate accounts excepted) are set up with a default Unix shell of /bin/nologin that prohibits login access. If faculty, staff, or graduate students wish to use PuTTY or FileZilla to connect to their Unix account, they must first change this option by using the Enable Unix Account online tool.

Information about SSH at Princeton University can be found at: If you have any questions, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 8-4357 or