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SSH client PuTTY moves into closed beta; available on the Windows Phone Store

The popular telnet/SSH client for Windows, PuTTY has finally gone into closed beta for Windows Phone. Should you be on the beta list from when we last covered the app being in development, you'll be able to get a first look at what's coming to the mobile platform. For those who aren't sure what PuTTY does, the app essentially enables you to connect to remote machines through a terminal.

With PuTTY being in beta as we speak, we can't see it being long for the testing phase to complete and the app be published for everyone to download. Pass the break for some details and screenshots.

You can already check out multiple apps available on the Windows Phone Store for SSH connectivity (some commercially available), but to have such a well-known, free client developed for Microsoft's mobile platform will bring Windows Phone up to the level of its desktop sibling. What we know so far is the app will utilise a customised on-screen keyboard for input and will perform pretty much as you'd expect.

This unique keyboard (as shown above in landscape mode) will include more keys than what's present in the system counterpart (see portrait screenshots), enabling users to perform commands and actions in a terminal that isn't possible with the default Windows Phone keyboard. The best part about PuTTY is the Windows Phone app will also be free, allowing you to get connected to your remote computers at no extra cost.

We'll monitor the beta testing and will alert you as to when the app is finally available for download. Want to get involved in the testing phase itself? Be sure to drop the developer (putty@nogsnet.com) an email for beta access. If you're already on the beta program, download PuTTY from the Windows Phone Store (or use the QR code below).

via: WP7Forum

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

111 Comments
  • Awesome!
  • omg omg omg omg i'm excited =P I can almost do all of my work on a windows phone now!  SSH client, Office, Citrix!, teamviewer! yay! Time for a coffee!!! VPN support is pretty much the only thing missing!
  • April 2nd my friend!
  • I was about to comment exactly this before seeing yours!
  • Now if I could only VPN
  • Agreed!
  • Yeah! +720 for this idea!
  • exactly.  what can I do with this without being on the same network as the server?   fwiw, my old Lumia 900 would connect to the secure wifi at work, but my 920 will not.  Does anyone know why this is?  a co-worker with a gsIII is able to connect.  my network admin folks say this function is not supported by their shop so they won't help.
  • A magic little thing calles poking port 22 trough your firewall. If you have multiple servers, use ssh within ssh, or let it run ssh over a different port and poke that one trough the firewall too.
  • My Lumia 520 can connect to secure wifi, but it tends to "forget" the credentials after a day or so. I have to go back into the settings and re-enter the username and password. I don't know why and it's incredibly annoying. None of my WP7.x devices had this problem.
  • WP8.1 :)
  • THIRD
  • Great! I use this extensively on desktop.
  • With VPN support, I dont think it is really that useful. On the other hand if VPN support becomes available it will be very useful.
  • Wat?
  • Rubbish. Makes no sense. Taking bigmac and popcorn
  • Sure why not. Join me.
  • WP8.1
  • Lol
  • Are you saying people never use SSH without VPN? Because they do, a lot.
  • I never said they don't use. I am saying as Network Engineer. I connect to my netwrok entities over the VPN via Junos Pulse or for some cases via Cisco VPN with single secure point of entries in network. For security purposes in Lagre Networks you are not allowed to directly connect to them. For your case may they are directly connectable for you. We have different prespective thats all.
  • You said it wasn't very useful without VPN. I said it was. That's all. This is moot anyway because VPN support is confirmed in Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Why can't I download it to my phone. Right after I was going to download it it told me "Sorry, you don't have permission to download this app." why is that?
  • A-holes below, beware...
  • Did you read it? :)
    If you're already on the beta program, download PuTTY from the Windows Phone Store
  • Closed beta is closed beta. Longcat is long.
  • Are you guys retarded? ... Be sure to drop the developer (putty@nogsnet.com) an email for beta access. ...
  • Please don't use that word.
  • Beta?
  • Retarded.
  • Please don't use that word.
  • There's no need to make fun of me.. It's a good cause.
  • Access?
  • I'll use that word as often as I want, just like Steve Ballmer.   Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers.   Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers.
  • I'll join right in!
      Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers. Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers.
  • Using this program for my intro to os class ^.^
  • I'm in! \o/ just mail the developers (putty at nogsnet dotcom) with some nice words and indicate your msft acc in the message.
  • Wow, I haven't used PuTTY in so long
  • Does it support F keys? If so sweet, I don't necessarily need to ssh from my phone but it would be sweet to mess around with.
    I use putty every day for work.
  • Yup :)
    PuTTY for WP developer here. Here's a screenshot of they keyboard after you hit the "Fn" key http://i.imgur.com/I4n5ck5.png Doesn't look as nice as the main layout, but gets the job done    
  • Man I wish you could drop a WP into a dock or something and interact with keyboard/external monitor.
  • Heck yes!
  • Are there compatible bluetooth keyboards for WP8?
  • Not sure, but I'd like to know as well.
  • I have yet to see one :-(
  • I don't think WP8 supports it, tested it with stuff that worked flawlessly with Android. :-/
  • I use putty to change my password at work
  • Sweet. NERD BONER.
  • Ssh this@awesome
  • Off the topic-how do i sign up for WhatsApp beta?
  • Guys i don't really get the whole idea...i mean what's the purpose of this app?!
  • Interfacing with servers that permit putty access. As a Linux SysAdmin I am able to remotely control servers very efficiently with putty.
  • Think: remote command prompt.
  • Great!!
  • Awesome. But Windows Phone 8.1 is much more important.   With a systematic file manager, etc.
  • Used Putty all the time back in my college days, this would have been helpful, but then so would smartphones
  • Such a beautiful landscape keyboard. I wish the standard windows phone keyboard switched to that in Landscape mode. And yea VPN is definitely needed.
  • Except for that return button... It reminds me of Ron Jeremy's navel.
  • The return arrow is just U+21A9 ,blame the font! http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/21a9/index.htm
  • most of the time, a landscape keyboard like that is overkill, but admitedly sometimes it would be nice.   SSH is one of those times, looking forward to finally have an SSH client with a good keyboard on my phone.
  • when I install, I have not spoken permission to download
  • Is this open source? Otherwise how do I know if it is safe to use?
  • PuTTY is one of the most common terminal emulators in use today. No self-respecting IT goes to work without it.
  • I actually go without it, at least on my PCs. I use kiTTY instead :D
  • No offense, I am not expert of SSH, but I guess anyone can make a SSH client and call it "Putty" and insert some backdoor? I am not saying this app has backdoor.
  • I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that since you couldn't spend the 45 seconds it would have taken you to look this up on your own that your not going to spend the days it would take to read through the source code.
  • *slow clap* /respect
  • Now just get me VPN and I can start doing more work from my phone!
  • This is tremendous.
  • Awesome
  • Woofriggenhoo! This is awesome!!!
  • Haven't used that in years! But nice to see it coming to WP.
  • I use an app called The SSH Client. Works very fine. Is free (with ads). There is a Pro version also
  • I have tried this app & the ssh client... This one is definitely the best!
  • Yeahhhh this is awesome-sauce! i use this extensively to access my buffalo drive from my universitys servers :) The fact that i can now manage my files and run some java programs from nano notepad all from my windows phone.. yup awesome sauce lol :D
  • The same black backgrounds and plain texts....tired of it!!!
  • Hillarious :D
  • Unable to download. Restricted access.
  • Reading articles is fun. Most of the times they have mor info than the headline...
  • Amazingg!! My favourite app is right here!!!
  • I too want vpn support, but most comments here make everyone sound like an ignoramus who can't forward ports
  • While forwarding ports is I viable option for most, it's no replacement for VPN.
  • This is an ssh client. You're only allowed to use one port at a time. Stop whining about no vpn and forward one lousy port- something that is ridiculously easier to do than setting up a vpn...
  • Dude, i am not even whining about VPN. All I am saying is that it's not a simple replacement for port forwarding. It adds another layer of authentication. Never would I invest the time and set up vpn for home use...
  • Can you see how that is largely irrelivant though? This is an article about a new ssh client! By and large people comment about VPN- something completely arbitrary to the given context.
  • And so you decided to arbitrarily bring up VPN as well? ;-)
  • Can anyone comment if Public/Private key authentication is supported? Its a deal breaker for me!
  • It's supported but there's no interface for it yet- it's in the works. It looks like the devs may be adding support for reading .ppk files off SD, and I believe that this implies putty will handle the opening of .ppk. So you could send it by bluetooth/whatever to an app like pocket file manager, and open it from there.
  • Thanks for your reply. That's encouraging, the second curve ball from me however is what if you don't have an SD, I have a Lumia 925, so SD storage isn't possible.
  • Right, which is why I mentioned the bit about sending it over Bluetooth with pocket file manager. Or email. Or ftp, etc etc. They're considering SkyDrive support but I agree with their hesitation about uploading private keys...
  • I can see why, I wouldn't be uploading my private ppk keys onto SkyDrive that's for sure! FTP is unsecure, so I wouldn't even bother supporting it (unless its FTPS or SFTP). Some form of file manager would be the way to go in my opinion.
  • It's there now :) I'm the developer and this update hit the store last night. The app is registered to handle .ppk but (currently) it's still up to you on how to get the file on your device and open it. Email attachments and downloading in IE work. You can use third party file explorers as well. Bluetooth is meant to work but I've not tested it. Take your pick as to which you feel is most secure ;)
  • Finally! This is amazing. I have a few friends who refuse to move to Windows Phone because they can't SSH like they can on Android. After this hits the store I'm sure they will have some other reason. :D Now I just need a new shell account.
  • There are in fact two other ssh clients that are very good...
  • Meh. I prefer to use PowerShell via IIS/Web on my mobile.
  • I have no need for this app, but how I really wish we could get direction keys on the standard WP8 keyboards!!! That's what pulled me into the article was seeing that beautiful landscape keyboard in the image!! ARROW KEYS!!
  • I think that Token2Shell/WP is by far the best ssh app for windows phone. Way more features than this, plus a barcode scanner.
  • So Glad to see this, I use Putty a lot at work to access special machinery interfaces (not even SSH, just solid terminal emulators).
  • I can't install it, says I don't have permissions...anybody had same issue?
  • super App.....
  • So excited for this! Anyone else play MUDs? :)
  • Would love to see this on Windows 8 RT as well.
  • Can't download it. No permission for download. Can anyone tell me how? Should I mail to developer for beta access?
  • Yup, Just like the article said, drop me an email to putty@nogsnet.com with your microsoft account's email address and then I can hasppily add you as a beta tester
  • Up jordan.odan@outlook.com please add me
  • I've just added you now. Allow the store a few minutes to process it (around 30 minutes) and then you should be able download it :)
  • Could you please also add me chili@top7.ntu-kpi.kiev.ua ?
    I tried mailing the mentioned address, but no luck.
  • Is this some kind of text adventure game?
  • Plz somebody help me i have Lumia 820 and i cant download and install putty in my phone getting error that sorry you don't have permission to download this app....
  • How cen I get this app ? :3 need permission
  • This is def one of my fav apps and honestly the one big reason I dropped the surface rt and went pro.