WinSCP is an open source graphical SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.
This is short introduction for ???1-speaking users. Most of WinSCP documentation is in English only, where most of the links from here point to.
- Obtaining and Installing WinSCP
- File Operations
- Connection to Remote Computer
- Program Interface
???1 version of WinSCP is not complete yet.3 To use the incomplete version, first install English version. To obtain it go to WinSCP download page and download “Installation package”. Then go to translation page and choose download named “???”4. Extract downloaded ZIP archive to the same directory where WinSCP executable is (i.e. installation directory). Read full instructions.
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- Graphical user interface
- Translated into several languages
- Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
- All common operations with files
- Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
- Batch file scripting and command-line interface
- Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
- Integrated text editor
- Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
- Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH
- Explorer and Commander interfaces.
- Optionally stores session information.
- Optionally supports portable operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media
WinSCP can do all basic operations with files, such as downloading and uploading. It also allows you to rename files and folders, create new folders, change properties of files and folders, and creating symbolic links and shortcuts.
One of two selectable program interfaces allows the user to manage files even on the local computer.
SFTP is a standard part of SSH-2 package. SCP is a standard part of SSH-1 package. Both protocols can be run even on the latter SSH version. WinSCP supports both SSH-1 and SSH-2.
For FTP, basic FTP as well as FTP over TLS/SSL are supported. Compressed transfers (Zlib) are not supported.
There are two selectable program interfaces with plenty of configuration options in WinSCP.
If you are using WinSCP for the first time, you may wish to select the Explorer interface as it should be familiar to any Windows user. However if you are used to the concept of Norton Commander, used by several contemporary file managers (Total Commander, FAR, Altap Salamander), choose this one. Commander interface is primarily focused on easy keyboard control. You can use it without ever touching mouse. One who is used to it can perform the operations much faster.