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Schedule file transfers (or synchronization) to FTP/SFTP server

This guide contains simplified description of scheduling operations on FTP/SFTP server with WinSCP.

To schedule an operation on FTP/SFTP server you can combine scripting/automation functionality of WinSCP with Windows scheduling capability.

Before starting you should:

Scheduling on Windows 7 and Windows 8

To add new scheduled task:

  • Go to Control Panel:
    • Windows 8: While on desktop, go to the charms (press Win+C or move mouse cursor to either right screen corner) and select Settings > Control Panel.
    • Windows 7: Go to Windows Start Menu > Control Panel.
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  • In Control Panel, go to System and Security > Administrative Tools > Schedule Tasks.
  • In the Task Scheduler menu go to Action > Create Basic Task.
  • Give your task a name and click Next.
  • Choose when the task should be run and click Next.
  • For task action, select Start a program and click Next.
  • Browse for WinSCP.exe executable.
  • In Add arguments add appropriate WinSCP command-line parameters to execute the scripting commands you need (typically you will use /script or /command parameters).
    The resulting arguments may look like:
    /command "option batch abort" "option confirm off" "open sftp://user:password@example.com/" "put d:\examplefile.txt /home/user/" "exit"
    Note that the command-line parameter /console was not specified, what makes WinSCP.exe not show the console window, not to disturb you while you are using your workstation.
  • You may want to use /log parameter to turn on session logging to file.
  • When done, click Next, review your options and confirm with Finish.

Scheduling on Windows XP and Earlier

To add new scheduled task:

  • Go to Windows Start Menu > Settings > Control Panel > Scheduled Tasks > Add Scheduled Task.
  • Browse for WinSCP.exe executable, and setup other task properties (like period of execution).
  • In advanced properties add appropriate WinSCP command-line parameters to execute the scripting commands you need (typically you will use /script or /command parameters).
    The resulting command may look like:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\WinSCP\WinSCP.exe" /command "option batch abort" "option confirm off" "open sftp://user:password@example.com/" "put d:\examplefile.txt /home/user/" "exit"
    Note that the command-line parameter /console was not specified, what makes WinSCP.exe not show the console window, not to disturb you while you are using your workstation.
  • You may want to use /log parameter to turn on session logging to file.

Further Reading

 
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