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PuTTY: How to create a log file of your Putty session


This tutorial assumes you have already downloaded PuTTY and located its .exe

1) Double click the PuTTY icon to launch the application

Now let’s learn how to create a log file of your session

2) Click Logging

The logging settings are listed here on the right. Let’s demonstrate how to save a log file to your desktop

3) Click All session output

4) Leave Putty.log as the log file name

5) Then click Browse to choose the save location

6) Ensure Desktop is selected here…

7) Then click Save

8) Ensure ‘Ask the user every time‘ is selected… then click Open to begin your session

9) Type your username, then push <Enter>

10) Type your password, then push <Enter>

Now let’s type a simple shell command. PuTTY can log dozens of commands within your session

11) Type a simple test command here, then press <Enter>

12) Now type Exit, then push <Enter> to close PuTTY

We can see that a log file has been saved to the desktop

13) Now let’s open the log file… double click Putty

The log file contains all commands entered, great for saving your sessions to review at a later date

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create a log file of your PuTTY sessions

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  • Is possible to run Connect to a host with putty from the command line and create a log file?

    • Provided you have access to the other server, this should absolutely be possible.

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