Secure Shell (SSH) is a network protocol used to allow secure access to a UNIX terminal. PuTTY is the recommended application to use for SSH connections from a Windows operating system. PuTTY allows you to access your files and email stored on the engineering servers. It also provides a UNIX environment to run programs that some courses require. PuTTY can be used to do this from any Windows computer, on or off campus. PuTTY is installed on all engineering computers running Windows.

To download PuTTY visit the Putty Homepage

If you need help downloading or installing PuTTY, or have trouble with these instructions, contact support or visit the  Wireless Help Desk.

NOTE FOR DUO ENABLED USERS:  If you would like to bypass DUO two factor authentication for SSH or SFTP, you can use SSH Keys.

1. Once you have the software, launch PuTTY and you will see the following screen:

PuTTY step 1

2. In the "Host Name (or IP address)" field, type: "" and select open:

PuTTY step 2

3. Type in your ONID user name and press enter:

PutTY step 3

4. Type in your ONID password and press enter. Note: Your password will not appear as you type it:

PutTY step 4

5. PuTTY will prompt you to select the terminal type. Select the default (xterm) by pressing enter:

PuTTY step 5

6. You are now connected to a UNIX terminal, at your home directory, from here you can access files using UNIX commands, or run UNIX applications. (Hint: Type "ls" then press return to see a list of the files in your home directory)

PuTTY step 6


If you have any other questions about how to use this software please e-mail support.