How To Install Putty on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Putty on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Putty on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Putty is the most widely used SSH and telnet client for Microsoft Windows operating systems. The Putty Linux version is a graphical terminal program that supports various network protocols including SSH, telnet, SCP, rlogin, etc.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Putty SSH Client on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Putty.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Putty on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Putty on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we add the universe repository on your Ubuntu system:

sudo add-apt-repository universe

Once you have the universe repository enabled, you should update Ubuntu and install it with this command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install putty

You can verify the installation using the following command:

putty --version

Step 3. Accessing Putty on Ubuntu Linux.

Once successfully installed, run it from the terminal using “putty” as a command, or from the Dash:


Install Putty on Ubuntu 20.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Putty. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Putty SSH Client on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Putty website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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