Windows users have a choice to when make when using SSH to access
people.apache.org : to either install cygwin and
use the standard command line tools or to use Putty which
provides a graphical user interface.
Non-Windows-specific documentation is also available, and generally contains details that are not repeated in this document.
Describes how to create a public/private key pair and how to configure
Putty to use them to access
Putty can be downloaded
here. Double-click on
the downloaded Installer package to install Putty to a suitable location.
Once installed it will be easier to transfer files using PSFTP if the Putty
directory is in your
Putty comes with Puttygen , Pageant and PSFTP amongst other things. We will be using all the ones just mentioned.
Double-click on Puttygen to start the authentication keys creation process.
Type of key to generate has
SSH RSA checked.
Generate to create a random key (and move the mouse around to
supply the required entropy).
Key comment on its default description or change it if you
Key Passphrase which will protect your private key and confirm
Save Public Key and save it as
Save Private Key and save it as
This next step is important, although we have saved your
Public Key as
yourapacheusername.pub , we don't actually use this next (but it is saved
for use in other scenarios). We now need to create an
Copy the Public Key information in the top box and paste into
save the file as
authorized_keys. Note that the file must be called
precisely this and there must also be no extension. Ensure
not add one when you save it.
Finally, close Puttygen.
Open a DOS Prompt box and navigate to the location where you stored your
psftp people.apache.org into the prompt.
A connection will be made to
people.apache.org and will ask for your
login username and then password. (Once we have completed this tutorial you
will no longer be asked this)
Create a new directory in your area called
chmod 700 .ssh. This ensures only you can then enter this
Navigate into this directory with
authoriized_keys file. with the command
exit to logout from your
people.apache.org private area and
This is probably the most overlooked but most important step for Windows
users. We need to load a key into Pageant and have Pageant running all the
time in memory so that other applications can use the keys created earlier.
Otherwise, when entering
people.apache.org Putty or PSFTP will prompt for
user and password once again regardless of the work we have just done.
Open Pageant and click on
Add to add a new key
browse to your
yourapacheusername.ppk private key file and load this
Close to close this window. Note Pageant is still running
with an Icon in the system tray.
You should now be able to login without being asked for your username or
password any more :) Try it! From the
DOS command box type in
people.apache.org. You should log right in with no more to type!
Note that whenever you Exit Pageant, or restart your computer, you will need to restart Pageant and Add your key in again. Pageant does not keep details of loaded keys between sessions.
Open up Putty.
people.apache.org as the Hostname.
Ensure SSH protocol radio button is checked.
Data sub-category of
Fill in your Apache username for auto-login username.
Click on the SSH Category.
SSH 2 Only radio button is checked.
Click on the
Auth sub-category of the SSH Category.
Attempt "Keyboard Interactive" auth (SSH 2) checkbox is ticked.
Browse Button and locate and load your
Private Key you
saved earlier as
Go back and click on the
Session Category and Save this session
choosing a suitable name.
Good, all the details are now saved for future use. All you need do now is
click on the
Open button to open a secure connection to the server and to
log in automatically to your personal area of
people.apache.org. You will
still be asked for a password if this is the first time connecting to your
area, after which you'll just go straight in.