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replacing Putty on Windows with Cygwin and Console2 for a multi-tab bash terminal!

07 April, 2013 | Console2

Hi all,

So I was looking to find a way to replace Putty on my Windows desktop. What's wrong with Putty? Mainly that it doesn't support a multi-tabbed interface and it's pretty much not being developed anymore.

I also tried cygwin before and although SSH worked like a breeze I was still stuck with the default mintty terminal which .. well wasn't much great either.

Then I googled some and found this thread suggesting to use Console2 (aka as just "Console").

Then for some more guidance with Cygwin and Windows Paths I found this post which perfectly explained how to set up Cygwin.

So to be honest to all of the above authors, this post basically puts all the above together in a step by step with a little emphasis on the SSH part.

1. Start with following How-To Geek's guide on setting up Cygwin but make sure to also add the following packages:

Category "Net"

Category "Editors" (Optional, but come on how will you survive without vim/nano ? :)

After you've finished the above steps and modified your Windows PATH to also include the %CYGWIN%bin directory you should be able to fire up all cygwin commands from anywhere.

2. Now download Console2 and unzip the contents to %CYGWIN%Console2

3. Fire up Console2 and do the following:
Click on 'Edit', 'Settings...' and under the "Console" category change your "Shell" to
(Obviously replace the above with the full path of your Cygwin installation)

4. Under "Hotkeys", the most important ones to change are:
"New Tab 1" - Change it to Ctrl+T (or any other shortcut you like)
"Copy Selection" - Change it to Ctrl+C
"Paste" - Change it to Ctrl+V

5. Click on "Mouse" (Under "Hotkeys") and change the "Copy/clear selection" to "Left"

Now just click 'OK'

6. Create a shortcut to Console2
* Right-click anywhere on the desktop, click 'New'->'Shortcut'
* For the location use:

(Obviously replace the above with the full path of where you unzipped Console2 under)
* Click "Next"
* For the shortcut name use "Console2"


Now to connect to a server you should be able to simply use the familiar SSH command like this:

ssh root@

Isn't it awesome?!?! :):)

Also you can edit the colors and fonts of Console2 to make it a little easier to the eye through:

Here's what my end result looks like: