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Is there an SSH client for Windows, that can be ran purely from the CL only? That is, I can launch it, and there will neither spawn a new command window nor will it launch an independent GUI. The SSH connection is handled in the original main command window.

Edit: does anyone know of such a CLI which runs inside the Windows command (cmd.exe) terminal window? That is, it doesn't launch a new or custom terminal window.

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Cygwin allows a Windows version of OpenSSH to be installed.

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Bitvise SSH Client includes this capability.

stermc root@san1
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I've usually used plink for CLI SSH, it's part of the Putty suite and can take advantage of existing configuration.

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It doesn't provide terminal emulation, however, so needs to be used with something like MinTTY or Cygwin/urxvt. –  grawity Sep 8 '12 at 21:56
You're right, for serious work you need a proper terminal emulation. I've mostly used plink to run one-off commands on remote systems, which it is well suited for. –  Thor Sep 8 '12 at 23:10

Credits to grawity for OpenSSH, there is also a standalone installer available for it which installs it with minimal Cygwin dependencies included:


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careful, bugs indicate your PATH environmental variable may be stomped: sourceforge.net/projects/sshwindows –  Frank Schwieterman May 17 '14 at 1:02

Try SSHWindows. It allows command line SSH access via Windows.

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