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WinSCP

CNET Editors' review

WinSCP is a small, free, open-source file transfer client for Windows that uses Secure Shell (SSH) technology to enable the safe copying of files between a local and a remote PC using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), SSH FTP, or SCP (Secure Copy) protocols, as well as offering some basic file management features.

This small tool's full-featured installer includes additional, optional software called Jing, but you have to select it; the default installation omits Jing. The installer also presents a choice between two different main interface styles, a full-featured Commander interface with panels for local and remote directories and a scaled-down Explorer interface that only accesses remote directories. The Commander interface is a small dialog with a navigation pane and places to enter host and user names, a password, and a private key file. An About button links to an extensive Web-based Help site. You can select between SFTP, SCP, and FTP transfers and several languages, but not much more, though, in this case, less is more since the program's goal is simplicity. One feature we did like a lot is the ability to Export the program's complicated preference settings with a click. Of course, nothing matters if the program doesn't deliver, but WinSCP transferred files quickly and securely in testing.

Martin Prikryl's WinSCP is freeware. We tested it in Vista and Windows 7, but it works in most versions of Windows back to Win95. Its ability to securely transfer files between far-flung PCs using several protocols earns our recommendation.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great GUI for Secure FTP and easy to Automate"

    March 31, 2014  |   By cballinger

    Version: WinSCP 5.5.2

    Pros

    Very good documentation. Very easy to automate Secure FTP tasks and embed in other applications for those reoccurring FTP tasks you need.

    Cons

    None discovered so far.

    Summary

    Needed to automate a secure FTP transfer that occurs every week. FTPS was failing due to active firewalls at both ends. Using WinSCP and port 22, the transfers are still secure, but are now working reliably every week.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Its fast, it works, its secure, its free"

    November 1, 2013  |   By ArizonaBrian

    Version: WinSCP 5.1.6

    Pros

    Easy to use, it transfers files quickly, its secure!

    Cons

    instructions would be nice! As a person new to FTP I had no clue how to setup a connection to my server, much less which secure method to use.

    Also, I "moved" a file to what I thought was the root folder. The file disappeared from its location but didn't go where it was supposed to (my fault for a bad target location). I have no idea where it went - never found it. I would like an undo or perhaps a move history in case I need to correct a mistake. Then again, they could be there and I just haven't found the undo or history button.

    I believe the from location is always on the left and the target is on the right. But it sure would be nice to go the other way, dragging a file from the right to the left to pull it from the server. Again, it might do that and I just didn't figure out how yet.

    Summary

    I have used it twice but both times it was easy to use, and transferred files very quickly. I like it better than any FTP transfer program I have used in the past. Secure FTP should always be this easy. Read my cons knowing I only used this product twice so far.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE go-to FTP/SCP client"

    October 27, 2013  |   By dd_armstrong

    Version: WinSCP 5.1.6

    Pros

    Have used this for years. Simple, low-memory usage, minimal install, easy-to-use, stable, intuitive, customisable. What more to say?

    Cons

    None that are in any way important enough to mention. A great application.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WINSCP - Great FTP file Mover"

    August 8, 2013  |   By cballinger

    Version: WinSCP 5.1.6

    Pros

    Easy to use, GUI interface easy to follow and very intuitive.
    Easy navigation for both the source and target file locations.

    Cons

    none found so far.

    Summary

    Great FREE program to handle secure FTP between your system and remote FTP site. Very good GUI, easy to use for even first time users. Not used extensively, but handy to have when you need to move secure files manually.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dangerous Download"

    July 22, 2013  |   By carolbarrington

    Version: WinSCP 5.1.5

    Pros

    This is a simple-to-use program, but its download came with several infections uncovered via Avast boot scan. Please clean this up before anyone else gets infected.

    Cons

    This is a simple-to-use program, but its download came with several infections uncovered via Avast boot scan. Please clean this up before anyone else gets infected.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well for people like me who don't know how . . !"

    June 20, 2013  |   By Martin Turner

    Version: WinSCP 5.1.5

    Pros

    Suitable for those who like an easy life.

    Cons

    Still looking.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Product for its use"

    June 29, 2012  |   By applecrusher1992

    Version: WinSCP 4.3.8

    Pros

    Solid and very compatible with older version of Linux

    Cons

    I don't see any

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good product"

    April 12, 2012  |   By mieks

    Version: WinSCP 4.3.7

    Pros

    I had lots of problems with Dreamweaver, Filezilla en Coreftp for updating files. Perhaps a serverproblem of a problem with IPV6, but with WinSCP updating files on the server isn't a problem. Does it in second.

    Cons

    Synchronizing doesn't work as it should in my case. Perhaps has something to do with settings. But with my problematic server and problems I'm glad as it is.

    Summary

    Good, reliable product, even in problematic cases.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Auto FTP syncing very handy for web developers"

    April 11, 2012  |   By peertje888

    Version: WinSCP 4.3.7

    Pros

    Monitors local file system for changes and uploads changed files via FTP.
    Secure FTP support (SFTP)
    Many features.

    Cons

    With the many features it is not easy to use for beginners

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great! Easy to use!"

    April 9, 2012  |   By adamli998

    Version: WinSCP 4.3.7

    Pros

    Click and run.

    Cons

    None that I found

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