So I've been trying to install an ssh server on my local machine back home for ages, I tried to ask here yesterday and so far I haven't got any results. I'm a programmer, I have a PC (the server) in our house which contains my projects, and since I can't bring it anywhere I go, I decided to install and SSH/SFTP server on it to make me compile my projects anywhere.

I installed openssh, using this guide (https://github.com/PowerShell/Win32-OpenSSH/wiki/Install-Win32-OpenSSH) except for step 7.

Now I am stuck on: how do I configure it to so that I could login on it? say, on my client ssh program like connectbot (android) I could it like this myusername@remotehostIP?

I'm basically new to this matter and really need some help, thank you.

  • Do you want OpenSSH specifically or just a SSH server in general? – grawity Oct 29 '18 at 9:49
  • What version of Windows + Your question is pretty unclear. You didn't really tell us what problem are you facing. – Martin Prikryl Oct 31 '18 at 7:09

I'm not sure why you're using that Wiki article. Nor am I sure if OpenSSH (circa 2004) is necessarily the best choice for your particular use case.

Nevertheless - you should be able to:

  1. Download from here:


  2. Simply extract the .zip and run the .msi.



I originally thought you were having problems with the "install". If there's any doubt in your mind, please (re)visit:

But I'm also wondering if OpenSSH is really the best solution for your use case?

Q: Are you running Windows on your server? Q: Do you want/need Windows GUI access?

If so, perhaps you want to consider a VPN (for secure access).

For example:


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    Well, you're the one suggesting a 2004 build, but OP is trying to use Microsoft's official OpenSSH v7.7 build that was released just earlier this year (July 2018). There's more than one port in existence... – grawity Oct 29 '18 at 9:46

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