PuTTY is an open source SSH and telnet client developed originally by Simon Tatham for the Windows platform. You can save connections and preferences, making it quick and easy to connect to your servers. For MacOS I haven’t really been able to find something close. So let’s install a mac port of PuTTY.

Steps To Install Putty On mac

The following steps have been tested on OS X El Capitan.

  1. Install Xcode
  2. Install Command Line Tools From Apple Account
  3. Launch the terminal, found in /Applications/ Utilities, type this command: Xcode-select –install
  4. Download and install Quartz
  5. Download and install  MacPorts.
  6. sudo port -v selfupdate
  7. Type this command sudo port install putty
  8. Type Putty into the terminal
  9. create a shortcut : cp/opt/local/bin/putty ~/Desktop/PuTTY


You now have installed the mac port of PuTTY on your Mac OS X! You can either run the command “putty” in terminal to launch the program, or create a shortcut on your desktop by typing in “cp /opt/local/bin/putty ~/Desktop/PuTTY”. ENJOY!