How to run Pageant with your certificate automatically on Windows 10

  1. Go to the Pageant.exe folder and create a shortcut for the executable. In my case, as it comes with Sourcetree, it’s on
  2. Open the old fashioned Startup folder by running shell:startup
  3. Copy the newly created shortcut to the Startup folder
  4. Open the shortcut properties, and:
  • As a target, type in something like this, changing the .ppk with yours. C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Local\SourceTree\app-3.4.0\tools\putty\pageant.exe privatekey.ppk
  • As a Start in, choose the folder that contains your .ppk, like this: “D:\Google Drive\SSH certificate\”

In the end, it should look like this:

Starting Pageant automatically with your SSH certificate

Hope it worked!