JumpSquares – Launching SSH in Chrome

JumpSquares is a FANTASTIC tool and I have written about it before.

JumpSquares is a bookmarking tool where you create bookmarks or “squares” which support configuring a “jump” to different connections such as RDP, SSH, VNC, etc. I use it to keep track of my home lab, setting up the JumpSquares for my RDP, SSH, and HTTP/S links to the different components in the lab.


One issue is the launching of SSH sessions from a hyperlink. Works in FireFox, does not work in Chrome. Chrome is my browser of choice (It does work great in FireFox using the FireSSH plugin).

There is already a simple solution which includes a javascript file and a couple of registry keys to get RDP/VNC to launch from a hyperlink. The instructions for running VNC and RDP from a hyperlink can be found here. I took this (most of the work was done for me) and modified it a bit to allow SSH sessions to be launched from a ssh:// hyperlink as well.

First download putty and place it in a directory C:\Utilities (you can place it anywhere you want but you will need to modify the SSH_Launch.js and SSH.reg files with the location of putty.exe if you do not put it in C:\Utilities).

Then create a SSH.js file containing the following code and place it in C:\Windows

var destination=(WScript.Arguments(0))
var search='ssh://'
var sshexe='C:\\Utilities\\putty.exe'
destination=destination.replace(search, '')
destination=destination.replace('/', '')
var ws = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell")
ws.Exec(sshexe + " " + destination)

Create a file called SSH.reg containing the following information and run it to add the registry entries.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="URL:SSH Connection"
"URL Protocol"=""
@="wscript.exe C:\\WINDOWS\\ssh_launch.js %1"

Now when I click on a SSH JumpSquare in Chrome a putty session is launched to the destination specified in the ssh:// hyperlink.

I tested this on Windows 8.x and Windows 7.

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