winscp.exe site|workspace|folder winscp.exe <session_url>[/path/[file]] winscp.exe [mysession] [/newinstance] winscp.exe [mysession] /edit <path> winscp.exe [mysession] /synchronize [local_directory] [remote_directory] [/defaults] winscp.exe [mysession] /keepuptodate [local_directory] [remote_directory] [/defaults] winscp.exe [mysession] /upload file1 file2 file3 ... [/defaults] winscp.exe [mysession] [/privatekey=<key_file>] [/hostkey=<fingerprint>] winscp.exe [mysession] [/passive[=on|off]] [/implicit|explicit] winscp.exe [mysession] [/timeout=<sec>] winscp.exe [mysession] [/rawsettings setting1=value1 setting2=value2 ...] winscp.exe [/console] [/script=script_file] [/command command1 command2 ...] [/parameter // param1 ...] winscp.exe [/log=<logfile> [/loglevel=<level>]] [/xmllog=<logfile> [/xmlgroups]] winscp.exe [/ini=<inifile>] winscp.exe [/rawconfig config1=value1 config2=value2 ...] winscp.exe /batchsettings <site_mask> setting1=value1 setting2=value2 ... winscp.exe /update winscp.exe /help
winscp.com [/script=script_file] [/command command1 command2 ...] [/parameter // param1 ...] winscp.com [/log=<logfile> [/loglevel=<level>]] [/xmllog=<logfile> [/xmlgroups]] [/nointeractiveinput] winscp.exe [/ini=<inifile>] winscp.exe [/rawconfig config1=value1 config2=value2 ...] winscp.com /help
The second creates the session specified by session URL and optionally by initial remote path. If the remote path is not ended by slash (
/), it is treated as path to file (or even directory) that should be downloaded.
If there’s already idle WinSCP instance running, the session(s) opens in the existing instance. To force session open in new instance of WinSCP, use
/timeout specifies server response timeout.
/hostkey specifies fingerprint of expected SSH host key (or several alternative fingerprints separated by semicolon). It makes WinSCP automatically accept host key with the fingerprint.
/explicittls in the earlier versions) enable respective method of invoking FTPS.
/rawsettings allows configuring any site settings using raw format as in an INI file. E.g. to enable SSH compression and agent forwarding use
/rawsettings Compression=1 AgentFwd=1. The parameter must come after session URL (if any).
winscp.exe "My site" winscp.exe sftp://martin:firstname.lastname@example.org/ /hostkey="ssh-rsa 2048 xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx" winscp.exe scp://email@example.com:2222/ /privatekey=mykey.ppk winscp.exe ftps://martin:firstname.lastname@example.org/
/loglevel to change logging level. The value can be in range
2 (for Normal, Debug 1 and Debug 2 logging levels respectively). Append additional
* to enable password logging (e.g.
/loglevel=2*). This feature is available only in the latest release.
winscp.exe sftp://email@example.com/ /log="C:\winscp.log" /loglevel=0
/xmlgroups along with
/xmllog, to group all XML log elements belonging to the same command under parent
To run batch script either pass script file using
/script parameter or specify the commands directly on command line using
/command. In the latter case each following parameter is treated as single command. See syntax section and examples below for details how to deal with spaces and double-quotes.
/command parameters are used, commands from script file are executed first. When the last command is not
exit, regular non-batch mode follows.
/console parameter is not used along with
/command, the script/command is executed without visual feedback (window).
/nointeractiveinput, when feeding commands to
winscp.com using standard input, to make sure prompts for anything other than commands (such as password prompts) are cancelled. Also prevents error message popping up when fatal error occurs while starting WinSCP. When combined with
/xmllog the fatal error is recorded in the XML log.
winscp.com /script="C:\Users\martin\Documents\myscript.txt" winscp.com /command "option batch abort" "option confirm off" "open sftp://firstname.lastname@example.org/ -hostkey=""ssh-rsa 2048 xx:xx:xx...""" "exit" winscp.exe /console /script="myscript.txt" /log="myscript.log"
The following parameters can be used to create a shortcut that initiates operation in GUI mode. They are not intended for automation, for that see scripting.
/edit to open a remote file in WinSCP internal editor.
/keepuptodate parameter WinSCP performs Synchronize or Keep remote directory up to date commands respectively on the specified session and directories. A dialog to set options is displayed first.
/upload parameter WinSCP uploads specified files to initial remote directory of session2). A dialog to set options is displayed first.
/defaults parameter along with
/keepuptodate to skip the settings dialog and start the operation straight away with default settings.
It is recommended to escape the arguments with // switch.
winscp.exe /defaults /synchronize // "C:\Users\martin\Documents\MySite" /home/martin/public_html
/ini parameter you may specify local path to configuration INI file. It effectively disables using registry as configuration storage. If the file does not exist, default configuration will be used and the file will be created.
nul instead of path to force WinSCP start with its default configuration and not save the configuration on exit.
/rawconfig parameter you can set any configuration settings using raw format as in an INI file. E.g. to configure an external IP address use
/rawconfig Interface\ExternalIpAddress=198.51.100.10. The parameter must come after a session URL (if any). The configuration set this way is preserved.
/batchsettings to mass-modify stored sites. The first argument is a mask to select sites to modify. Use a syntax of basic file masks. You can also use path mask to select sites based on their folders. The other arguments define new values for site settings. Use the same syntax as for
For example to configure a proxy for all sites in a “clients” folder, use:
winscp.exe /batchsettings clients/* ProxyMethod=3 ProxyHost=proxy
When run with
/update parameter, WinSCP only checks for its updates.
/help shows usage (overview similar to this).
Command-line parameters that include space(s) must be surrounded by double-quotes:
To use the double-quote as a literal, use two double-quotes sequentially. For example, the
/command expects that each script command is surrounded by double quotes, so that it is passed as a single command-line argument. In addition, any script command argument that includes spaces is expected to be surrounded by double-quotes within the command (see doubling double-quotes):
winscp.com /command "open sftp://example.com/ -hostkey=""ssh-rsa 2048 xx:xx:xx:...""" "put ""C:\Users\martin\Documents\my file.dat""" <- Script command 1 -> <- Script command 2 ->
To debug the quoting, enable session logging on level Debug 1 (
/loglevel=1). The log will show how WinSCP understands your command-line. This feature is available only in the latest release.
An argument that begins with a slash is considered a switch. To pass a parameter that itself starts with the slash in its syntax (i.e. a remote path like
/root), use the special switch
// (two slashes) before the argument. The switch
// denotes that all following arguments are not switches. Example:
winscp.exe /synchronize // "C:\Users\martin\Documents\MySite" /root
Learn about two WinSCP executables,
If you are going to run WinSCP from command-line often, you may wish to add WinSCP installation directory to search path.
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