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Putty shortcut to saved session in Windows

PuTTY is a free and open source terminal emulator application which can act as a client for the SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw TCP computing protocols and as a serial console client. I have started using Putty to SSH to my server quite often. To make it easier to connect to my server, I explored options to create a shortcut to the session. This would enable me to just click the icon to open the session instead of loading the session through Putty or Pageant. So I created a PuTTY shortcut to saved session on my windows desktop with the following target.

Putty Shortcut to Saved Session

Right click on Windows desktop and choose New->Create Shortcut:

Create Shortcut
Create Shortcut

Enter the following line for “location of the item”:

"C:Program FilesPuTTYputty.exe" -load PuttySessionName
Putty Shortcut
Putty Shortcut

Save and exit.

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Now with just a double-click I can open the session. Since my authentication is done using RSA keys without a passphrase there is no typing involved. I hope someone finds this useful.

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Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.