Tramp on Windows

Install PuTTY and make sure plink.exe is on your PATH.

Now you can use something like the following: /plink:alex@example.org.

If you always use the plink method, you can make it the default:

(setq tramp-default-method "plink")

Or you can put it all together like this such that your init file will work for both Windows and other operating systems:

(when (eq window-system 'w32)
  (setq tramp-default-method "plink")
  (when (and (not (string-match putty-directory (getenv "PATH")))
	     (file-directory-p putty-directory))
    (setenv "PATH" (concat putty-directory ";" (getenv "PATH")))
    (add-to-list 'exec-path putty-directory)))

If you use pscp instead of plink, tramp-do-copy-or-rename-file-out-of-band will do executable-find for the copy-program, and executable-find will search on exec-path, not on (getenv PATH). I assume exec-path is initialised from (getenv PATH) (also see ExecPath), but they are not automatically kept in sync, so we have to do it ourselves.

For general information and troubleshooting, see Tramp Mode.


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