What is WinSCP

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

???1 version of WinSCP is available.2 To obtain it go to WinSCP download page and download an “Installation package”.

???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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File Operations

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.

Connection to Remote Computer

Using WinSCP, it is possible to connect to a SSH (Secure Shell) server with SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) or SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) service or to a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server.

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.

Program Interface

There are two selectable program interfaces with plenty of configuration options in WinSCP.

You will have the first chance to select your preferred user interface during installation. You may want to change your preference later.

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.

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