Using SSH/SCP on Windows¶
Unlike Mac OS X, Windows doesn t come with the necessary software. There are lots of implementations of ssh and ssh-based programs for logging in and doing file transfers; if you already know how to use one, go ahead and use that. Below are instructions for installing PuTTY (remote login), WinSCP (file transfer), and Notepad++ (file editing) on your Windows machine.
PuTTY is a free program that lets you log into remote computers using ssh.
Download putty from here:
It s a standalone file that doesn t require any installation, so you can just put it on your desktop.
Download WinSCP from here:
You probably want the Installation package .
(You don t need to install the Bing toolbar. )
Logging in and transferring files¶
Double-click on the PuTTY application.
Enter lyorn.idyll.org as the host, and leave everything else as a default.
Click connect . If it s your first time running this, you ll get a security warning; click yes .
And. now you re logged in! Congrats!
One last thing. Type
where you replace $directory with something unique (like your last name). (Note: case matters; usually I make everything lowercase by default, so I don t have to remember what case I used.)
This will give you a directory (folder) into which you can put things on lyorn. Since you re all using the same account on lyorn, if you don t do this you will step on each other s files.
We won t be using lyorn too much, though, so this is just for this tutorial.
Now you can go back to the UNIX, ssh, and scp tutorial, or continue on to Use Notepad++ to create a file and Using WinSCP .
Use Notepad++ to create a file¶
Install the Notepad++ text editor¶
First, you ll need to install Notepad++, available here:
You ll probably want to use the Installer (npp.5.6.8.Installer.exe).
Notepad++ is a text editor that lets you edit text files.
Actually editing a file¶
Here, we re going to create a file so that we can transfer it over to lyorn (just to demo file transfer).
In the blank file that comes up by default, enter hello, world (or really any random set of words).
Save as a file called a-file.txt on your Desktop.
Start up WinSCP.
Enter lyorn.idyll.org in as the host name, ngs as the user name, and the super-secret password as the password. Leave everything else as default and click connect .
You should now see a window with two panes. The pane on the left shows files and directories on your local hard drive. The pane on the right shows files and directories on the remote computer lyorn.idyll.org .
Create a new directory named with your last name on the right pane, by clicking the new folder icon.
Navigate to the desktop, and find a-file.txt (the file you created with Notepad++). Select it and drag it to the right pane, into the directory you just created.
Congratulations! You ve just copied a file from your laptop to the remote computer lyorn.idyll.org , all the way over at MSU!