WinSCP, which is short for Windows Secure Copy, is a free and open source utility for Microsoft Windows that allows users to securely transfer files from and to a Window computer and a remote computer, such a Linux server.
- Is completely free to use and is open source
- Makes working on a remote Linux machine from a Windows computer as easy as possible
- Supports all secure file transfer protocols
- Has a dated interface
- Switching between its two interfaces requires changing a preference setting
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WinSCP, which is short for Windows Secure Copy, is a free and open source utility for Microsoft Windows that allows users to securely transfer files from and to a Window computer and a remote computer, such a Linux server. It supports not only SCP protocol but also SSH, SFTP, FTP, and WebDAV. It further provides a pair of graphical interfaces that support the dragging and dropping of files, as well as copying, moving and deleting files on the remote computer. Is also has a plethora of options as well as multilingual support, and it further provides the ability to edit files right on the remote computer.
WinSCP performs all basic file operations, such as loading and unloading files. It also allows you to rename files and folders, create folders, change properties of files and folders, and create symbolic links and shortcuts.
One of the two program interfaces also allows you to manage files on the user’s local computer.
Connection to servers
With WinSCP, you can connect to an SSH (Secure Shell) server using SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) or SCP (Secure Copy Protocol), usually with machines running UNIX OS. SFTP is standardly included in the implementation of the SSH-2 protocol. SCP likewise comes standard with the implementation of the SSH-1 protocol. Both of these protocols are supported by even the latest versions of SSH servers. WinSCP supports both SSH-1 and SSH-2.
The program offers two user interfaces, each of which can be configured using a variety of parameters.
You can choose the interface for installation. Later you can also select the interface to use at any time.
If you are just starting to use WinSCP, you may prefer to use the Explorer Explorer-style interface, as it is well known to all users of Windows. However, if you are used to working in programs like Norton Commander, such as a number of modern file managers (Total Commander, FAR, Altap Salamander), choose the appropriate interface. The interface as in Norton Commander is more convenient for control from the keyboard, it can be used at all without the help of a mouse. It also allows you to perform basic operations faster and more clearly.
- Graphical interface
- Windows integration (drag & drop, support for URL schemes, shortcuts)
- All basic file operations
- Supports SFTP and SCP over SSH-1 and SSH-2
- Automation with scripts and command line interface
- Folder synchronization with several automatic and semi-automatic algorithms
- Built-in text editor
- Support for authorization by password, public key, Kerberos (GSS) and keyboard-interactive
- Integration with Pageant (PuTTY Agent) to support public key authorization
- Two user interfaces: as in Windows Explorer and as in Norton
- Ability to save connection settings.
- Ability to work using the configuration file instead of the registry, which is convenient when running from removable media