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Key Details of WinSCP

  • Operate data between local PC and remote servers via FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3 file transfer protocols
  • Last updated on 10/16/20
  • There have been 5 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 15, 2014

WinScp is a lean and mean application for file transfers between PCs. The best thing about this app is that it is completely no nonsense. It provides you with everything you need in order to smoothly transfer files between computers without any bells and whistles that get in the way.

Pros

It just works: Anyone that has done enough file transferring knows that it can be finicky business sometimes. Quite often these types of programs are too complicated for the beginner. Also, when something goes wrong, if you're not extremely technically proficient, it can be difficult to diagnose what happens in a file transfer gone wrong. During testing, we found transfers worked smooth and efficiently.

No overload: Some file transfer programs look like they're designed by experts, for experts. There are endless options and spaces that mean nothing to the layman. WinScp is clean and straightforward, with only what you need laid out so you can start transferring files.

Interface option: When installing the program, the option to select what basic interface you're more comfortable with is a nice added feature.

Cons

Interface selection on setup: While the interface selection on setup is great, it would be even better if there were an easy-to-see way to switch between these modes once the program is already installed.

Bottom Line

This is a program that comes with no surprises. If you're just looking for a way to make an FTP transfer, this handy tool will get the job done in no time. It is also a good program to use for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience with file transfers. As long as they have all the information they need to connect to a server, it should be easy enough to understand even for a beginner.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.17.8

  • Improvements to sessions and workspace management, so that WinSCP can now easily restore tabs that were open when it was last closed.
  • Hardware-accelerated AES.
  • Extension Archive and Download to archive remote files and download the archive.
  • Improvements to Synchronization checklist window.
  • Allowed sorting of find results.
  • SSH core upgraded to PuTTY 0.73.
  • The binaries are signed with new EV certificate valid until February 2023.

General

Release October 16, 2020
Date Added October 16, 2020
Version 5.17.8

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,402,747
Downloads Last Week 42
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Developer's Description

WinSCP is a popular free SFTP and FTP client for Windows. Moreover, WinSCP is a powerful multi-functional tool that will improve your productivity. WinSCP can copy files between a local and remote computer using multiple protocols: FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3. On the one hand, WinSCP offers an easy to use graphical user interface; you can choose between Windows File Explorer look and tabbed twin-panel interface like Norton commander. On the other hand, advanced users can automate WinSCP functionality using .NET assembly or simple batch file scripting. You will use WinSCP for all common operations with files. You can start editing a file directly from WinSCP, either using WinSCP internal text editor or using integration with your favorite external text editor. WinSCP operations are not limited to individual files; WinSCP offers several ways to synchronize your remote and local directories. After connecting to a site you can choose to store site information for repeated access, WinSCP can even share site settings with another popular open source tool PuTTY. WinSCP integrates also with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH. Admins love WinSCP support for portable operation using a configuration file instead of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media. A comprehensive WinSCP documentation is freely accessible. This site hosts also a very active user forum for support and feature requests. WinSCP is available in English and many other languages. WinSCP is an open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).