How to install Putty on Mac (OS X El Capitan)

The following steps have been tested on OS X El Capitan.

1. Install Xcode

2. Install Command Line Tools
Launch the terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities , type this command :

xcode-select –install

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3.Download and install MacPorts

4.sudo port -v selfupdate

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5. type this command sudo port install putty

6. Type Putty into terminal

7. create a shortcut cp /opt/local/bin/putty ~/Desktop/PuTTY

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52 thoughts on “How to install Putty on Mac (OS X El Capitan)

  1. TIP: “sudo port install putty”… this will take a long time if you are installing it for the first time…. and make sure you are connected to the internet

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      • In steps 4 onward, you type those commands into the terminal mentioned in step 2, found in Applications > Utilities folder.

        However, some people report this process works better if you have closed and re-opened the terminal after the MacPorts step in step 3.

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  2. Hello,
    When I try to run putty it gives me this message:

    $ putty

    (process:2660): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
    Using the fallback ‘C’ locale.

    (putty:2660): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:
    XXXXX-MacBook-Pro:~ xxxxxxx$

    Any idea what to do?

    Cheers

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    • I am also on Sierra and it is telling me it can not open display. It did prompt me for python and python2 which I chose 2 after looking them up. Did it prompt you for these things? I just find it strange to not work for me but work for you and thought maybe you could give some insight.

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  3. I have installed the putty successfully, but I can not input commands in the interface of putty, what’s the problem

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  4. I see the following error when I type Putty into the Terminal.

    (putty:17382): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

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  5. The ports tree has been updated. To upgrade your installed ports, you should run
    port upgrade outdated
    Vincents-MacBook-Pro:~ vincentifezue$ sudo port install putty
    —> Computing dependencies for putty
    —> Cleaning putty
    —> Scanning binaries for linking errors
    —> No broken files found.
    —> No broken ports found

    (PuTTY:2648): Gtk-WARNING **: 12:38:28.148: cannot open display:
    logout
    Saving session…
    …copying shared history…
    …saving history…truncating history files…
    …completed.

    [Process completed]

    my putty not working after following the whole proccedure

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  6. What do I do now?

    (PuTTY:20331): Gtk-WARNING **: 14:26:55.429: cannot open display:
    logout
    Saving session…
    …copying shared history…
    …saving history…truncating history files…
    …completed.

    [Process completed]

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  7. Installing XQuartz is sufficient to run PUTTY on MacOS. Once XQuartz is installed, launch the application. Right-click on the X icon and go to “Applications” and select “terminal”. Once you open terminal, you can launch the putty application by just “putty” command. Tried and Tested this.

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  8. After installing everything am still getting this

    (process:47088): Gtk-WARNING **: 12:03:18.832: Locale not supported by C library.
    Using the fallback ‘C’ locale.

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  9. After the sudo port install putty
    I type in Putty im getting:
    (Putty:4404): Gtk-WARNING **: 15:03:32.658: cannot open display:

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  10. —> Computing dependencies for putty
    —> Cleaning putty
    —> Scanning binaries for linking errors
    —> No broken files found.
    —> No broken ports found.

    cp /opt/local/bin/putty ~/Desktop/Putty

    (process:1111): Gtk-WARNING **: 19:45:59.934: Locale not supported by C library.
    Using the fallback ‘C’ locale.

    (putty:1111): Gtk-WARNING **: 19:45:59.939: cannot open display:

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  11. I am facing this error. Can anyone please help here.

    sudo port -v selfupdate
    —> Updating MacPorts base sources using rsync
    rsync: getaddrinfo: rsync.macports.org 873: nodename nor servname provided, or not known
    rsync error: error in socket IO (code 10) at /BuildRoot/Library/Caches/com.apple.xbs/Sources/rsync/rsync-52/rsync/clientserver.c(106) [receiver=2.6.9]
    Command failed: /usr/bin/rsync -rtzvl –delete-after rsync://rsync.macports.org/macports/release/tarballs/base.tar /opt/local/var/macports/sources/rsync.macports.org/macports/release/tarballs
    Exit code: 10

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  12. installed and working on into Mojave, but i cant paste into the session, kinda sucks to have to type in everything.

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  13. Hello, is there any solution for this error after installation?

    (PuTTY:27815): Gtk-WARNING **: 13:04:02.459: cannot open display:
    logout
    Saving session…
    …copying shared history…
    …saving history…truncating history files…
    …completed.

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  14. % Putty

    (process:91389): Gtk-WARNING **: 01:28:31.078: Locale not supported by C library.
    Using the fallback ‘C’ locale.

    (Putty:91389): Gtk-WARNING **: 01:28:31.093: cannot open display:
    alfia@Mds-MacBook-Air ~ %

    Tried a lot, but couldnot fixit

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  15. Terminal Window :
    Set display:
    export DISPLAY=”:0″

    run X11:
    Applications -> Utilities -> X11
    Terminal

    export LC_ALL=”en_US.UTF-8″

    $Putty

    Everything fine !

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  16. LTB0045819-MAC:~ b0045819$ putty

    (process:85171): Gtk-WARNING **: 10:03:51.736: Locale not supported by C library.
    Using the fallback ‘C’ locale.

    (putty:85171): Gtk-WARNING **: 10:03:51.743: cannot open display:

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  17. Awesome Guide/How-To !

    FYI…With OSX 10.15.6 Catalina OS, Putty works perfectly okay by simply following the instructions.

    just simple 3 pieces to it

    Xcode from the App Store
    Command_Line_Tools_for_Xcode_11.5.dmg
    XQuartz-2.7.11.dmg

    + the following commands
    sudo port -v selfupdate
    sudo port install putty
    [RESTART]
    Putty
    cp /opt/local/bin/putty ~/Desktop/PuTTY

    Cheers 😉

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  18. Hi there– trying to install putty on MAC OS Monterey. After install macports and putty, when I try to open putty I get the following error:

    (Putty:3470): Gtk-WARNING **: 22:16:24.893: cannot open display:

    I tried restarting the terminal and also rebooted my MAC, still the same issue.

    can anyone please provide a resolution for this issue?

    Running Xcode 14.0.1 and same command line version

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