PuTTY Tray – Can PuTTY Get Any Snazzier?
By on December 14th, 2007

Anyone who has had some experience working with Linux would have heard, if not used PuTTY. For those unaware, PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows & Unix platforms and it comes with an xterm emulator. It is tiny little utility loved by Linux geeks.

Working a lot with Linux servers at work as well as with my blog host, I use PuTTY day in and day out and I have always wondered why it hasn’t changed much over the years.

ptray1 To my delight, I just came across PuTTY Tray. It is a huge improvement to the current PuTTY and here are the things about it that are geeking me out.

  • Minimize to system tray (Ctrl+minimize) – lets you minimize any number of PuTTY sessions to system tray.
  • Reconnect on connection failureptray
  • A colorful tray icon that blinks when a bell is received
  • Portable – You can choose to store session config files in a USB drive
  • Reconnects when computer is waking up from stand-by
  • URL hyperlinking
  • Load session from file using command line
  • Choose to ‘Always stay on top’ – very useful while you want to work but monitor a server

Now, if only PuTTY gets a tabbed interface, I would be the happiest Linux user ever. Currently, I use WinTabber to get all my PuTTY sessions in one window in tabs. I would love to hear and learn from you if you use a better alternative.

If you use PuTTY, what else would you like to see as features in the future?

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  • http://www.venukb.com/blog Venu

    I was a big time putty user and later started searching for a tabbed terminal and finally landed on Poderosa – a worth alternative to Putty :)

  • Keith Dsouza

    I like putty too and cannot live without it, I have used poderosa too. But I specially like the wintabber solution K talked about :-).

  • http://www.shankrila.com/ K-IntheHouse

    Venu, thanks for the suggestion. I have tried Poderosa before but it never stuck with me and I don’t know why! :-) May be I should give it a try again!

    Keith, the good thing about WinTabber is that you can add any application to this tabbed interface.

  • http://mastrboy.blogsite.org mastrboy

    There is a port of putty that can handle tabbed windows:
    Putty Connection Manager – http://puttycm.free.fr/

  • http://geekthegathering.com Jean-Michel Paris

    A very nice improvement over PuTTY indeed. I use the "save to sessions" option with pleasure. Combined with SyncBack and DropBox. I'm now able to have my PuTTY sessions anywhere, and on any of my connected hosts.

  • http://ms1.gotdns.com jonny rocket

    putty works well with win/lin. i use it all the time. i will check this out.

  • Neil from Beachwood

    Have a look at KiTTY, an alternate version of PuTTY that adds some cool tricks such as storing your passwords.

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