I'm using Putty for Serial or SSH connections to systems.

For every session, I need to configure Logging manually, enter a new name and destination. I was wondering if there was a solution to set it automatically. Maybe some genius wrote a plugin that's able to do it. Even better would be if Putty will ask you where to save the log right after closing a session window.

My second question is regarding the multiple sessions. Is it possible to open sessions in tabs, a little bit like the Linux terminal?

Otherwise, is there another tool that can be used under Windows and allowing all of the above? Even a shareware.

  • Iain: why did you remove the "thanks" line from the post?
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    May 15, 2011 at 16:48
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The logging is pretty easy, and built into putty. Under "Putty Configuration" click "Session", "Logging". Choose what you want to log, and where. Use the variables &Y &M &D &T &H: year, month, day, time and host. I suggest something like:


So it's easy to sort.

SecureCRT gives you tabs, but it's not free:


  • Hi! Thanks, I know the logging system from Putty, but it's not satisfaying me, that's why I asked if there was something I didn't know... But the variables are interesting, thanks a lot! May 15, 2011 at 17:50
  • Maybe you could elaborate on why this doesn't work for you. It creates a new file for every session, automatically and even names the file whatever you want. It sounds like you just want a prompt on logoff? May 15, 2011 at 19:57
  • No that's perfect, thanks! I never used it before, it's actually what I wanted! May 15, 2011 at 20:00

For tab, there's SuperPuTTY.

  • Looks nice. That web page seems so spammy though. Is that the authors site? May 15, 2011 at 17:45
  • Nope. Just an explanation. The "Download SuperPuTTY" link at the bottom of the page probably goes to the author's site, though. May 15, 2011 at 18:16
  • Thanks! It looks really great, but I can't find any download link... yet! May 15, 2011 at 19:42
  • The blog's download link ends up at some other almost-as-spammy site. The project is at github.com/phendryx/superputty
    – DerfK
    May 15, 2011 at 20:26
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    Actually, it seems there are two active superputty projects, the github one is a fork of code.google.com/p/superputty claiming it was abandoned, but the googlecode project seems pretty active to me.
    – DerfK
    May 15, 2011 at 22:25

Using Google would have saved you the effort of asking and waiting for an answer. This blog post about the Putty connection manager (which has admittedly moved in the meantime) was among the first hits on my search and is already 3 years old.

  • Thanks for the tip, but Google is not my friend... ;-) May 15, 2011 at 17:51
  • s/Google/<search engine of your choice>/. But reading about the logging host/date variables were worth it nonetheless.
    – the-wabbit
    May 15, 2011 at 19:27
  • I can only find the following message: "This project has no files." Do you have another link? I keep looking (with Google...) further. Thanks. May 15, 2011 at 19:44
  • The old site at free.fr still hosts the download as it appears: puttycm.free.fr/download/puttycm.exe
    – the-wabbit
    May 15, 2011 at 21:10
  • Great! Vielen vielen Dank! May 16, 2011 at 7:21

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