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Exchange Files Over Internet

This guide contains simplified description of exchanging files over Internet with WinSCP.

Before Starting

Before starting you should have WinSCP installed.

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Shared file storage

To exchange files with WinSCP you need a file server to store the files to. If you need to exchange files securely you have to look to SFTP/SSH or at least FTPS server. Otherwise FTP server is enough. You have these options when finding/setting up a server:

  • You may already have a suitable server if you have a webhosting;
  • You can turn your Windows workstation into a file server. If you want to exchange files securely, setup a SSH/SFTP server. You may try these:
    • copSSH: open source, based on OpenSSH, most commonly used one;
    • freeSSHd: freeware, easy to setup;
  • You may also setup a dedicated server for the purpose. This task is out of scope of this topic, however note that all Unix/Linux operating systems include an SSH/SFTP server already (usually OpenSSH).

Exchanging Files

For actual file exchange, you have two options:

Further Reading

1) Downloads are similar. See documentation of all the file management tasks.
2) This would require additional setup of secure web server if you need secure exchange
 
  guide_exchange.txt · Last modified: by prikryl
 

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