Login dialog was redesigned in recent release. If you are using an older version of WinSCP, it won’t match with what this page describes.
To connect to a new site, select New Site node in the tree on the left. Then select protocol, enter hostname and your user name. Typically you will also need to enter your password. For details see below.
To start ad-hoc connection, click Login button.
If you plan to connect to the site often, you will want to save the site by clicking Save button.
You can base new site on existing one by using Manage > Clone to New Site command.
The File protocol selection lets you choose transfer protocol.
The Host name box is where you type the name, or the IP address, of the server you want to connect to. Host name is the only mandatory box that must be filled for a session to open. You can use environment variables in the value with syntax
The Port number box lets you specify which port number on the server to connect to. You need to specify it only in rare circumstances, when the server uses non standard protocol.1) Otherwise WinSCP selected the protocol for you.
The Username box is where you type your account name on the server. If you do not fill the username, you will be prompted for username then.2) You can use environment variables in the value with syntax
The Password box is for the password associated with the account. You are advised not to fill it in if you are going to save the site. If you decide to do so nevertheless, do not forget to force password storing on the Save session as dialog. Also do not fill the password if you are going to use other authentication method (like public key). If you do not fill the password and other authentication methods fail (password authentication has the lowest preference), you will be prompted for password then.
With FTP protocol you can use Anonymous login. It effectively sets the User name to
anonymous and Password to
If you need to configure advanced settings, click Advanced button to open Advanced Site Settings dialog.
The list on the left shows saved sites and workspaces. You should select there a site, site folder, or workspace to work with before using pressing one of the Login or Edit (sites only) button or using Delete, Rename and other commands from Manage menu (also available from context menu).
Double clicking a site or workspace opens is (as if you have clicked Login button).
To open all sites in site folder, select the folder and press Login button.
If you have many sites, you can incrementally search for a site by typing any part of its name. Then you can use
Shift-Tab) to search next (previous) matching sites. Press
Esc to cancel searching.
The sites can be organized into folders. Expand/collapse folder by double-clicking on its name.
Use the Manage > New folder command to create new site folder. To create subfolder, use path syntax “folder/subfolder” (Select the parent folder before pressing button to have the path prefilled). Note that empty folders are not preserved.
Use Edit button to start editing selected site. After you complete your changes, save them with Save button. You can also saved modified site under a new name using Save As command from drop down menu of Save button.
Use Cancel button to rollback your changes.
Note that you cannot login to the site until you commit (or rollback) your changes.
The Manage > Delete button (or
Del key) deletes selected site, site folder or workspace. Deleting a site folder deletes all the sites it contains.
Use the Manage > Rename button to rename selected site, site folder or workspace.
Note that if you delete the site the existing icons will not work anymore.
Use Manage > Set Defaults set configured session settings or settings of selected site as default session settings.
In addition to configuring the session, you can use the WinSCP Login dialog box to:
Some of these tools are available only on an initial Login dialog, not when opening additional sessions.
Shiftkey to open the site in PuTTY without closing WinSCP Login dialog.
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