WinSCPfor Windows



For secure file transfer

WinSCP is free and open source software. It was designed in 2000, as a GUI file transfer client for SCP transfers. Three years later, SFTP support was added.


WinSCP (Windows Secure Copy) is a file transfer client you can use to transfer files securely from your device to a remote device. It supports SFTP and SCP protocols.

WinSCP is not designed to be simple, but you can look through the documentation on their website for help and information on the use and set up.

Once you've gotten started you can upload files to your server. By default, WinSCP performs file transfers in the foreground. While transferring in the foreground, it cannot be used for other tasks. However, you can use the background transfer function. The transfer in background option allows you to keep working, while the file transfer is operating. Use the queue list to manage your transfers.

WinSCP comes with a built in text editor for simple editing, or you can set up an external editor for more complex editing.

You can create and save sessions for later. Session saving allows you to work on a large transfer and come back to it later.

WinSCP has both automatic and manual update options.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) use it to transfer files between computers, using two unencrypted channels. SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is a newer and safer way to transfer files, it uses an encrypted channel to transfer your data and is interactive. SFTP has a GUI with the ability to delete files and directory tasks.

SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) is another secure and fast way to transfer files between computers. SCP is only designed for transfers. It is the faster option, but both FTP and SCP are great options.

Where can you run this program?

You can run WinSCP on Windows.

Is there a better alternative?

WinSCP is great for anyone running windows. If you are a Mac or Linux user, take a look at FileZilla and MuCommander.

Our take

WinSCP is difficult to get the hang of, but it is worth the effort. Use background transfers to continue using WINSCP while uploading.

Should you download it?

Yes, you should definitely take advantage of this free service.


  • Secure FTP
  • It’s free
  • Background transfers
  • Trusted software


  • Can be difficult to use
  • Only compatible with Windows
  • Unattractive interface

WinSCPfor Windows


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