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I need to log into a Linux server from a Windows PC. So far I used Putty but I don't like typing ls and CD all the time. Is there a gui alternative to this?

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What is it you're trying to do? Fully administer the Linux server, or just move files around? – bgvaughan Oct 4 '11 at 23:01
My downvote will become an upvote if you re-phrase the question to something like "What GUIs let me work with a remote file system over ssh?" - To which the answer has been supplied by MaQleod – Doc Oct 4 '11 at 23:50
I need to move files around, view logs, execute scripts. The answers are sufficient. I changed the wording. – Dmitry Chornyi Oct 5 '11 at 16:43
To add my own answer: ExpanDrive ( is good. – Dmitry Chornyi Jul 28 '12 at 8:31
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Try WinSCP, it may meet your needs, depending on what you actually want to do. You can graphically browse the file system and you can open shell windows to run commands as well.

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Midnight Commander mc gives you a TUI. You can run that after logging in with Putty.

Midnight Commander

(Note: the above isn't using Putty but shows what mc should look like in Putty)

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Wow... Looks a lot like Norton Commander. – BillP3rd Oct 5 '11 at 2:45

Filezilla is also great with this (sftp). Even better since it is cross-platform.

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. – ChrisF Oct 18 '13 at 8:34
Well, actually, this does answer the question rather well. As the author tells he's already using PuTTY, there's really high chances SFTP is supported by the server. Therefore, +1. – Olli Oct 18 '13 at 12:33

I use WebDrive. It can map SSH and FTP (among other protocols) to a Windows drive letter so you can use normal Windows tools like Windows Explorer to manage your remote files over SSH.

It's not free, but you can use it for 20 days to try it out.

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