Move PuTTY settings to another computer

As an extreme nerd, I spend a lot of time either SSH’d or telnetted in to various servers around the world. I’ve tried a lot of different clients over the years, but nothing comes close to the simplicity and effectiveness of PuTTY. It works, it works well and it’s free. These things combined means it’s always one of the first applications I install on a new Windows machine.

But there’s no config file or list of settings you can simply copy from one machine to another. So how do you take your server list with you?


First, fire up by typing windows key + R, entering ‘regedit’ in the run box and pressing ok.

You’ll be greeted with the regedit window.

Hit Control+F to perform a search, and enter “SimonTatham” in the box which appears.

It will return one result, which will be highlighted on the left hand side.

Right click on that folder and click ‘export.’

Then choose a location to save your registry settings to.

And that’s it. Copy this new file to your new computer, then double click it to install it into your new computer and all your SSH and telnet entries will be there for you to use.



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