Connecting To Mercury

Accessing Mercury requires using a Secure Shell (SSH) client and having Booth credentials (i.e. Booth ID and password).

Connection Type:
Port Number:22


Mac and Linux systems have a built-in Terminal that can be used to access Mercury. In these systems, simply open a Terminal window and type the SSH command at the prompt.

$ ssh <BoothID>

At the prompt, enter your Booth password. The screen will not show characters as you type your password.


You must use your Booth ID, not CNET ID!


Windows users will need to first download a terminal emulator. The university’s IT Services provides support for the terminal emulator PuTTY which can be used as a Secure Shell (SSH) client. The official PuTTY download page can be found here.

Once downloaded, a connection to Mercury can be initiated by entering the host name, port number, and connection type.


PuTTY configuration for initiating an SSH connection to Mercury

A new window will pop up where you can enter your Booth ID and password. You should then see Mercury’s welcome banner if the log in has been successful.

X11 Forwarding

On occasion, it may be useful to use X11 forwarding when using an application that provides a graphical interface. To do so, you may have to download an X server before connecting to Mercury.


  1. Log in to Mercury with X11 forwarding enabled ssh -X <BoothID>


  1. Install an X Server (e.g. XQuartz)
  2. Log in to Mercury with X11 forwarding enabled ssh -X <BoothID>


  1. Install an X Server (e.g. VcXsrv)

  2. Enable X11 forwarding in Putty

    1. From the left side menu, select ConnectionSSHX11
    2. Check the box labeled X11 Forwarding
  3. Click Open to log in to Mercury with X11 forwarding enabled