How to Install SSH on Windows

SSH is secure, fast, easy to use, and makes remote server management easy. It comes with most Unix-like operating systems and Linux distributions, but no version of Windows has ever included it.

Fortunately, there are several SSH solutions for Windows, and many of them are free. With SSH installed, you can enjoy much of the same remote command-line management of your dedicated server that you would expect from Linux.

OpenSSH is the most popular Unix and Linux SSH server and client, but there is no native Windows version. Installing it requires Cygwin and is not an easy process. If, however, you cannot live without it, you can follow the instructions in this article to install it.

Another option for SSH server installation for Windows is Free SSHd, which can turn a Windows Server 2008 machine into an SSH server with little configuration and no additional software. The software is free to download and comes with a simple installer, similar to other typical Windows desktop programs. It also supports file transfer with a built-in SFTP server.

You can download Free SSHd from the project’s website. ¬†Once installed, you can connect to your remote Windows server using any computer, regardless of its operating system (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux). This gives you all of the flexibility you would expect from a server running OpenSSH.