Tutorial: SSH in Windows Terminal

Windows 10 has a built-in SSH client that you can use in Windows Terminal.

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to set up a profile in Windows Terminal that uses SSH.

Create a profile

You can start an SSH session in your command prompt by executing ssh user@machine and you will be prompted to enter your password. You can create a Windows Terminal profile that does this on startup by adding the commandline setting to a profile in your settings.json file inside the list of profile objects.

{
  "name": "user@machine ssh profile",
  "commandline": "ssh user@machine",
}

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Specify starting directory

To specify the starting directory for a ssh session invoked by Windows Terminal, you can use this command:

{
  "commandline": "ssh -t bob@foo \"cd /data/bob && exec bash -l\""
}

The -t flag forces pseudo-terminal allocation. This can be used to execute arbitrary screen-based programs on a remote machine, e.g. when implementing menu services. You will need to use escaped double quotes as bourne shell derivatives don't do any additional parsing for a string in single quotes.

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