PuTTY: Windows Download for Personally Owned Computers

PuTTY is an open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application for Windows.

Note: This software can be downloaded multiple times and does not limit the number of installations.

PuTTY is a secure telnet client for Windows utilizing the SSH protocol. It lets you connect to remote systems, from your PC. After providing your UBITName and Password to log on to the remote computer, you can enter commands that will be executed as if you were entering them directly on the remote computer.


PuTTY is available to UB students, faculty and staff.

Uninstall any previous versions of PuTTY before you install this version.

Installing PuTTY

  1. When the Welcome installer window appears, click Run.
  2. Select Run the PuTTY 0.74 installer, then click Run.
  3. When the Welcome setup window appears click Next.
  4. Select the location where you want to install PuTTY then click Next. The default location is recommended.
  5. Select the Start Menu folder where you want the PuTTY shortcuts to be installed, then click Next. The default folder is recommended.
  6. Select any additional options you want to use then click Next. The default options are recommended.
  7. Ensure that the installation options displayed are correct then click Install.
  8. Please wait while PuTTY is installed on your computer. When the installation is complete, select whether you want to view the README.txt document for PuTTY then click Finish.

Connecting to UBUnix with PuTTY

Connecting from Off Campus?

First run AnyConnect VPN.

  1. Select Start > All Programs > PuTTY > PuTTY. (Windows 8, swipe or mouse to the right, and in the Charms tap or click search and enter PuTTY. Tap or click Apps, Settings or Files.)
  2. In the Host Name field, enter YourUBITName@ubunix.buffalo.edu and leave the default port 22. (If you are connecting to a different computer, such as a departmental computer, enter its host name and desired port instead.)
  3. Click Open.
  4. Enter your UBITName and press Enter.
  5. Enter your UBIT Password and press Enter.

Help and Tutorials

Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.