Downloading a Secure Shell Client to Your Desktop

Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10

  1. Point your browser to the PuTTY download page:
  2. On the "Download PuTTY" page, in the section titled "Alternative Binary Files," under "putty.exe (the SSH and Telnet client itself)", right click on the second link "putty.exe" (the 64-bit version), and from the menu select "Save Link As" (or something similar).
  3. Save "putty.exe" to your Windows desktop (or whever).
Now you can run PuTTY just by double clicking on the PuTTY icon. Use the instructions as described in Step #1 of the Programming Project #1 specification.


For MacOS X you don't need PuTTY and can't use it, because PuTTY is only available for Windows. However, you can use ssh from the Unix command line, by starting up a Unix Terminal window.

Once you get a Terminal window, you'll get a Unix prompt. At the Unix prompt, type:

ssh  yourusername@machinename

In the case of CS1313, yourusername is your OU4+4, and machinename is

You may be asked a yes/no question, in which case type:


You'll then be prompted for your password.


Most Unix computers already have ssh installed, so you can just use it from the Unix command line, as described above for MacOS.