Poderosa – Alternative to Putty

Programming, Tools

PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.

I use PuTTY for 2 primary reasons

  1. It can save the session information and I can quickly load the session of my choice (i.e. I don’t need to remember the IP details etc)

  2. It has support for SSH sessions.

The application is a single executable file and its pretty easy to configure and use. A step by step guide for configuring Putty can be found here. The only drawback is that for every session, I have to open a new window, and especially when you are working with say 3-5 sessions, the desktop gets clogged.

Poderosa is an alternative application which can be used instead of PuTTY. It has all the features of Putty with these additional features:

Tabbed style GUI

It is convenient to open multiple connections at the same time. Moreover, you can split the window into panes and allocate each connection.

Different Connection methods.

In addition to Telnet and SSH1/2, local cygwin shell and serial ports are supported.

Options and tools

A lot of functions for terminals are available. For example, SSH2 port forwarding tool, SSH Key generation wizard, SOCKS connection.
Plugin architecture

You can extend the feature of Poderosa by plugins like Eclipse. Serial port and X/ZModem are provided as additional plugins. A manual for plugin developers is included the installation package.

The only feature which I liked personally was the Tabbed Style UI. However, the drawback of this tool is that it requires .NET Framework which has to be installed separately.

Download Poderosa 4.0.2

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