Saving your PuTTY username and password in a Windows Shortcut

Saving your PuTTY username and password in a Windows Shortcut

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In this guide we will create a Windows shortcut which will store our PuTTY session information so that we don’t have to enter the username and password every time we log in.

PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client for the Windows platform which allows you to log into your Linux box using terminal.

If you haven’t already installed PuTTY, you can download it from

1. Create Windows Shortcut

Begin by creating a Windows Shortcut.

Right-click the Desktop, select New and Shortcut.

Click Browse and navigate to the PuTTY folder.
It’s usually located in C:\Program Files\PuTTY or C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY

Select putty.exe, click OK and Next.
Enter a name for you shortcut. e.g. LinuxServer and click Finish.

2. Edit Shortcut

Right-click on your new shortcut and click Properties.

Take note of the Target field. It shows the path to putty.exe in Program Files. We are going to add a switch to this.

After the double quotes, paste in the following

-ssh [email protected] -pw PaSsWoRd

Replace john with your username, with your server IP and PaSsWoRd with your own password.

The Target field should now look something like this. (Your path may differ depending on where putty.exe is installed.)

"C:\Program Files\PuTTY\puttygen.exe" -ssh [email protected] -pw PaSwOrD

Click OK and you’re done!

Now when you double-click the shortcut it will bring you straight into your Linux server without having to enter username or password.

Consider Key-based Authentication

Storing your password in a Windows shortcut is not very secure though, is it?

As well as offering additional security, SSH key authentication can be more convenient than the more traditional password authentication. SSH keys can allow you to connect to a server, or multiple servers, without having to remember or enter your password for each system.

See: PuTTY and SSH Key-Based Authentication (Windows)

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