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PuTTY (Template:IPAc-en[1]) is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. It supports several network protocols, including SCP, SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw socket connection. It can also connect to a serial port. The name "PuTTY" has no definitive meaning.[2]

PuTTY was originally written for Microsoft Windows, but it has been ported to various other operating systems. Official ports are available for some Unix-like platforms, with work-in-progress ports to Template:Nowrap and Template:Nowrap, and unofficial ports have been contributed to platforms such as Symbian,[3][4] Windows Mobile and Windows Phone.

PuTTY was written and is maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.

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  1. Putty FAQ – Pronunciation
  2. "PuTTY FAQ". http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/faq.html#faq-meaning. "[PuTTY is] the name of a popular SSH and Telnet client. Any other meaning is in the eye of the beholder. It's been rumoured that ‘PuTTY’ is the antonym of ‘getty’, or that it's the stuff that makes your Windows useful, or that it's a kind of plutonium Teletype. We couldn't possibly comment on such allegations." though "tty" is the name for a terminal in the Unix tradition, usually held to be short for Teletype, and putty is material for sealing glass in window frames, and may refer to Microsoft Windows lacking a built in SSH client.[citation needed]
  3. PuTTY for Symbian OS
  4. Forum Nokia Wiki – PuTTY for Symbian OS