Cluster Access with PuTTy and Xming

To connect to the ECON clusting for Windows:  

PuTTy can be downloaded from
Xming can be downloaded from

Once PuTTy and Xming have been downloaded to the PC, install according to their respective instructions.

Configuring Xming

Once Xming is installed, run the application called 'XLaunch' and verify that the settings are as shown:

    SET SERVER to or

  1. Run Applications > Utilities >
  2. Right click on the XQuartz icon in the dock and select Applications > Terminal. 
  3. In this xterm windows, ssh into the linux system of your choice using the -X argument (secure X11 forwarding).
    1. Log into the Econ Cluster using or
    2. Example:  ssh -X -Y(NetID)  or   ssh -X -Y (NetID)

Save the configuration and close XLaunch

Once you are logged into the Econ Cluster, you can just run the GUI program of your choice, such as matlab

                           Example:   NetID@login-01 ~]$ matlab


Configuring PuTTy

After installing PuTTy:

  1. Double click on Putty to launch.
  2. Enter the following connection settings:
    1. Host Name:  or
    2. Port: 22
    3. Connection Type: SSH (default)
  3. On the left side Under Category
    1. Click the “+” next to SSH
    2. Click the “+” next to Auth
    3. Select X11
      1. Check box: Enable X11 Forwarding
  4. Save Settings
    1. Go back to Session on the left pane
    2. Under Saved Sessions, Type “Econ” or any name of your choosing
    3. Click Save


The most important setting is the X11 Forwarding. Without that set, the X-window system cannot find your PC for display. Save the configuration by typing a name (i.e. econ) in the box under 'Saved Sessions' on the Sessions screen. Press the Save button to save the configuration. Click Open to open the terminal window or Cancel to close PuTTy.