Microsoft Adding a Built-in OpenSSH Client to Windows 10

Posted on December 14, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 28 Comments

Windows 10 is soon getting a built-in OpenSSH client. Microsoft has quietly started testing a built-in OpenSSH client for Windows 10, reports TechCrunch.

The built-in OpenSSH client in Windows 10 is available as an optional feature to users on the latest version of the Fall Creators Update, also known as Windows 10 Version 1709. Once you download and install the OpenSSH client using the settings app in Windows 10, you will be able to use SSH from an elevated CMD or PowerShell. Microsoft adding a built-in OpenSSH client to Windows 10 is obviously a big step forward for the OS, as users were required to use software like PuTTY to connect to SSH servers for years.

Of course, users using the Windows Subsystem for Linux have already been able to use SSH in Windows 10, but the addition of the built-in OpenSSH client right in Windows 10 will be a welcome addition for those who don’t need all the features that come with the entire Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Installing the OpenSSH client in Windows 10 isn’t too much of a hard task – all you need to do is head over to Apps > Manage optional features > Add a feature in the Settings app, scroll down the page and look for the OpenSSH Client or Server, and hit install. Once installed, just open up an elevated terminal and `ssh` will be ready for you to use.

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