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Related software

Several pieces of third-party software incorporate parts of the PuTTY code, or augment PuTTY in other ways, to provide facilities not available from PuTTY itself. We list some of them here, with no recommendation implied. We have no control over this code, so we can't vouch for either its quality or its security.

Software based on PuTTY's code

These projects include actual code from some version of PuTTY.

  • NettleSSH, an SSH client for RISC OS
  • SSHProxy and pscp for RISC OS
  • PuTTY for Symbian (Nokia)
  • PuTTY for Symbian UIQ
  • PocketPuTTY, a port for Windows Mobile
  • pssh, a Palm OS SSH-2 client that uses some PuTTY terminal code
  • x64 build of PuTTY (for Windows on AMD64)
  • WinSCP, a GUI SFTP and SCP client
  • FileZilla, a GUI file transfer client with SFTP support from PuTTY
  • SSHDOS, SSH, SCP, SFTP and Telnet client for MS-DOS
  • PuTTY with ISO-2022 support, and other things Japanese
  • PuTTY DBCS Patched, with a Chinese feel
  • Arabeyes PuTTY, a project to add Arabic support to PuTTY (see also wishlist entry)
  • transputty, PuTTY with fake transparency
  • Another transparency patch at covidimus.net.
  • Nutty, with URL recognition (not actively developed)
  • PowTTY, a MUD client
  • PuTTYcyg, to use PuTTY as a terminal for Cygwin
  • PuTTY with GSSAPI/Kerberos support
  • Vintela PuTTY, another patch for GSSAPI support
  • Several different patches for smartcard support can be found at opensc-project.org
  • PuTTY SC, another patch for smartcard support
  • TortoiseCVS and TortoiseSVN, Windows Explorer frontends to CVS and Subversion respectively, use a modified Plink for SSH transport.
  • Wintunnel, a front end for creating tunnels
  • Le Putty, a fork with Z-modem support and other tweaks
  • TuTTY, a fork with several extra features, including a serial backend.
  • iPuTTY/HangulPuTTY, an internationalised fork with an emphasis on Korean support
  • portaPuTTY, a version which (only) uses files for data storage
  • Another version that stores data in files
  • Centrify PuTTY provides GSSAPI support via the Windows SSPI (no source)
  • PieTTY, a fork with CJK/transparency/URL recognition etc (no source?)
  • Polish localised version of PuTTY (no source)
  • PuTTY Tray minimises to the system tray.
  • IVT, a VT220 emulator which uses some PuTTY code (no source)
  • Safe Passage, an alternative to PuTTY's dynamic port forwarding which doesn't require SOCKS support in your client applications (it seems to install itself somehow at the Windows networking level). Based on the PuTTY code. Commercial, but cheap.
  • DataFreeway, uses PuTTY to provide a Microsoft Explorer interface to SSH/SFTP (no source)
  • StarNetSSH, an integration with the X-Win32 X server

Other related software

  • Secure iXplorer GPL, a GUI SFTP client
  • CallingHome, for maintaining long-running SSH tunnels using PuTTY.
  • MyEntunnel, for maintaining SSH tunnels using Plink
  • KPuTTY and GPuTTY, PuTTY-lookalike frontends for Unix
  • PuTTY Magic provides borderlessness, transparency, and alphablending in PuTTY.
  • QuickPutty, for quickly launching PuTTY saved sessions
  • plaunch, another program for quickly launching PuTTY saved sessions
  • PuTTY Session Manager, for organising and launching saved sessions
  • PuttyConfer, for importing, exporting, and mass modification of PuTTY sessions
  • PuttyTabs, a floating tab bar for PuTTY sessions
  • PuTTY Command Sender, for sending commands to and otherwise manipulating multiple PuTTY windows at once
  • Secure iXplorer Pro, a GUI SFTP client (commercial, no source)
  • TWSC (Terminal Window ShortCuts), provides a menu of open terminal windows (no source)
  • WinTabber allows PuTTY sessions (and other programs) to be captured into a single tabbed window on Windows 2000/XP (no source)

Specifications implemented by PuTTY

PuTTY attempts to conform to many specifications. These include:

SSH-2 specifications

  • RFC 4250: The Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol Assigned Numbers
  • RFC 4251: The Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol Architecture
  • RFC 4252: The Secure Shell (SSH) Authentication Protocol
  • RFC 4253: The Secure Shell (SSH) Transport Layer Protocol
  • RFC 4254: The Secure Shell (SSH) Connection Protocol
  • RFC 4256: Generic Message Exchange Authentication for the Secure Shell Protocol (SSH)
  • RFC 4335: The Secure Shell (SSH) Session Channel Break Extension
  • RFC 4344: The Secure Shell (SSH) Transport Layer Encryption Modes (in part)
  • RFC 4345: Improved Arcfour Modes for the Secure Shell (SSH) Transport Layer Protocol
  • RFC 4419: Diffie-Hellman Group Exchange for the Secure Shell (SSH) Transport Layer Protocol
  • IETF Secure Shell working group drafts:
    • publickeyfile
    • filexfer

SSH-1 specification

  • The SSH (Secure Shell) Remote Login Protocol
  • We don't know of a reference for the SCP protocol (which is basically BSD rcp).

Telnet specifications

Rlogin specification

HTTP specifications

  • RFC 2616: Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1
  • RFC 2617: HTTP Authentication: Basic and Digest Access Authentication
  • RFC 2817: Upgrading to TLS Within HTTP/1.1 (HTTP CONNECT)

SOCKS specifications

Terminal specifications

  • ECMA-35: Character Code Structure and Extension Techniques (equivalent to ISO 2022)
  • ECMA-48: Control Functions for Coded Character Sets (equivalent to ISO 6429)

Zlib compressed data format

X Window System

  • X Window System Protocol
  • X Display Manager Control Protocol, including the definition of XDM-AUTHORIZATION-1.
  • Xsecurity(7), which documents MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1.

Cryptographic algorithms

  • FIPS PUB 46-3: Data Encryption Standard (DES) also defines TDEA (3DES).
  • Bruce Schneier's page on the Blowfish block cipher.
  • FIPS PUB 197: Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
  • RFC 1321: The MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm
  • FIPS PUB 180-2: Secure Hash Signature Standard (SHS) defines secure hash functions SHA-1 and SHA-512.
  • RFC 2104: HMAC: Keyed Hashing for Message Authentication defines a generic wrapper mechanism that converts a hash function such as MD5 or SHA-1 into a secure MAC.
  • FIPS PUB 186-2: Digital Signature Standard (DSS) defines the digital signature algorithm DSA.
  • RFC 3447: Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) #1: RSA Cryptography Specifications version 2.1 defines the basic RSA encryption and signature algorithms as well as specific padding schemes to turn them into a set of well defined operations on byte strings.
  • The precise form of Diffie-Hellman key exchange used in SSH-2 is defined in the SSH-2 transport layer specification: see the SSH-2 section above.