How to Connect to Your Account Using PuTTY SSH Terminal

How to Connect to Your Account Using PuTTY SSH Terminal

SSH, or Secure Shell, is a secure protocol for connecting to a remote server. And to establish an SSH connection, you need an SSH client app like PuTTY.

In this guide, you will learn how to use PuTTY SSH terminal to connect to your hosting account or a VPS server. That way, you can access and manage your remote machine by executing various commands.

How to Use Putty SSH Client

First thing first, make sure you’re using Windows because PuTTY only works on that OS. If you are using macOS or Linux, you can establish an SSH connection through the built-in terminal shell.

  1. Download the latest version of PuTTY SSH client from the official website. After that, install it on your computer.
  2. Locate your SSH IP address, port, username, and password. If you are Hostinger user, there are two ways to find this information, depending on your hosting plan:
    • Shared hosting — go to the SSH Access menu under the Advanced category. If you forgot your password, reset it via the FTP Accounts menu.
      The SSH Access section of hPanel.
    • VPS — the credentials are located in the Server tab of hPanel. In case you don’t know what your password is, head over to the Root Password section, and create a new one.
      The Servers tab of hPanel
  3. Launch the PuTTY SSH client, then enter your server’s IP and port. Press the Open button to proceed.
    The main menu of PuTTY SSH client
  4. A login as: message will pop-up and asks you to enter your SSH username. For VPS users, this is usually root. However, for shared hosting users, you need to enter a predefined username like u721233450. After entering your username, press Enter.
  5. Type your SSH password and press Enter again. For security reasons, the screen won’t show the password.
    Connecting to your server via PuTTY

Congratulations! You have successfully connected to your account using the PuTTY SSH client. You can list all available SSH commands by executing help via the terminal.


We hope this article helps you to use the PuTTY SSH client to connect to your hosting account. If you want to learn more about SSH, we have several articles that can help you out:

Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

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Linas L. / @linas

Linas started as a customer success agent and is now a full-stack PHP developer at Hostinger. He is passionate about making a positive impact on people by utilizing user-driven development techniques. As much as he enjoys coding and changing the world, he secretly dreams of becoming a rock star.

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