How to Enable SSH Client in Windows 10

SSH Windows is still in the beta version in Windows 10. To enable the SSH Windows using a command prompt here is a guide for you.

The SSH in Windows 10 is not enabled by default perhaps due to the beta version it’s but it can be manually enabled or by downloading the SSH Windows client.

The SSH client is alternative FileZilla, PuTTY, WinSCP, and MtPuTTY client server. If you have any of these client servers installed on your Windows 10 or MacOS X, the SSH client server may not necessarily to be installed.

However, in this guide, you will learn to enable the SSH Windows 10 feature, download SSH client-server (latest version) and how to enable it on MacOS X devices.

What is SSH Windows?

It’s a secure shell hidden in Windows OS. It’s available in all Windows except the latest Windows version which is in the beta version. Secure Shell (SSH) is a cryptographic network protocol for operating network services securely over an unsecured network.

SSH is generally used to access Unix-like operating systems, but it can also be used on WindowsWindows 10 uses OpenSSH as its default SSH client.

Install SSH in Windows 10

The SSH Windows 10 (beta version) can be installed following these procedures.

1. Go to Windows 10 start menu and find “Manage optional features”

2. Click on “Add a Feature”

SSH Windows

3. Select the “OpenSSH Client ( Beta )” 

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4. Tap “install”

5. Open Windows 10 command prompt by pressing “Win + R“, type “cmd” and type “ssh” to verify whether the SSH has been installed successfully.

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If the SSH client is installed successfully you will have a successful message otherwise it will tell you “ssh” is not recognized as internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Download SSH Windows

An alternative way to install SSH on Windows is to download the SSH client from the developer’s website. Here is how to download and install the SSH client server.

These procedures will not load unnecessary stuff on the OpenSSH client as most people do not like it.

1. Download OpenSSH latest version and click on the executable file in your download folder.

2. Click on next and under the “choose component” just uncheck “server” and leave others checked.

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3. Choose the path to install the package. I always go with: C/ path.

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4. Just keep pressing the next button until the package finishes the installation and you are done.

OpenSSH Windows Client Proof

To check whether the OpenSSH client has been successfully installed follow the procedures shared below to confirm it.

1. Press Win + R to open “Run” on your Windows computer

2. Type “cmd” and click “next” to proceed

3. Type “ssh” in the command prompt. If the OpenSSH Windows client is installed and enabled successfully you will see the attachment below.

SSH Windows

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