SSH Client for Windows - Comparison

SSH client is a program that allows establishing a secure and authenticated SSH connections to SSH servers.

SSH client software is needed in most systems and available for all major operating systems.

Soon Available: Windows SSH Client – Modern and Free

In late 2016 SSH Communications Security will release a free modern Windows SSH client. As the original inventors of the SSH protocol, we feel that there should be no obstacles for secure logins. This is why we will offer our new Windows SSH Client to be downloaded for free.

With our free SSH Client we want to make life easier and more secure for Windows users. Our up-to-date, modern SSH Client is designed to be intuitive to use and feel natively Windows.

Our SSH Client will be available free of charge - for any use. Support services are available for a fee. Our SSH Client features:

  • Integrated terminal and file transfer capabilities — easy to use across all use cases.
  • Modern UI for a familiar browser-like experience, with support for tabs.
  • Ease of use without a need for upfront configuration — just connect and modify to your liking.
  • Recall and pre-filling of previously used connection parameters.
  • Support for public key authentication and keyboard interactive (PAM) authentication.
  • Support for SSH key management.
  • Fully internationalized terminal and file transfer. Localizations available for select regions.

Support Services for Companies

If you wish to have telephone, email, or 24x7 support, see Tectia SSH. We strongly recommend support services for larger companies using SSH for business applications, to ensure continuity when people leave and in emergencies. Our support service also includes notifications of any vulnerabilities that may be found.

For business-critical applications, we recommend premium level (8x5 or 24x7) support plans.

Tectia SSH Server for Windows

We also offer a highly featured, affordable SSH server for Windows. Half of the world's top 10 banks and 40% of the Fortune 500 use our Tectia SSH Server for Windows extensively.

There are also other SSH servers available but no other server is currently supported by known SSH key management solutions for Windows.

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Other Windows SSH Client Options

There are several other clients and servers available. These are generally not supported for SSH key management and may not have commercial support or 24x7 support available.

PuTTY is a free client for the SSH and telnet protocols. More information on PuTTY.

FileZilla is a free file transfer client. More information on FileZilla.

Chrome SSH extension - The Google Chrome browser can be turned into an SSH client with an extension available in the Chrome Web Store. The Chrome SSH (beta) offers a basic SSH protocol capability.

SSH client extension to the Chrome-browser

Bitvise is a European software company that priovides an SSH client also for Windows. A copy of Bitvise SSH Client can be downloaded from: .

VanDyke Software offers their commercial client software for a free, time-limited evaluation. VanDyke SecureCRT and SecureFX clients supports telnet, Secure Shell (SSH), and SFTP. An evaluation copy can be downloaded from .

WinSCP is a free open source Windows client for file transfers. In addition to file transfer (with FTP, SFTP, or SCP protocols) WinSCP offers a basic file manager functionality and supports scripting. More information