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WinSCP 5.17.7


Ensures FTP transfers are secure

Supports session saving

2 interface styles

Translated into several languages

Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)

U3 support

All common operations with files

Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol

Batch file scripting and command-line interface

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.

Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways

Integrated text editor

Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication

Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH

Explorer and Commander interfaces

Optionally stores session information

Excellent security configuration

Pared-down style

Not as simple as other FTP clients

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.

Takes a while to configure security settings

Whats New (version 5.17.7)

- 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

Full Details
App NameWinSCP
SloganCopy files between a local and a remote PC using an SFTP and SCP client
PublisherMartin Prikryl
Publisher web site
Release DateMay 28, 2020
Update Last 6 Month3 time(s)
Last Update On2020/07/25
File NameWinSCP-5.17.6-Setup.exe
File Size10.64MB
Main OSWindows
Compatible WithWindows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/Server 2016/10
CategoryInternet Software
SubcategoryFTP Software
VirusTotal FlagsNone
VirusTotal Scan LinkCheck Scan
Total Downloads1402158
Downloads Last 7 Days41
PRICE And Limits
License ModelFree
LimitationsNot available

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.

For starters, be warned that WinSCP is not the easiest FTP client to use. Because of the extra security features, WinSCP can appear overwhelming at first, although it does feature two modes of graphical user interface. WinSCP also supports integration with Windows in terms of drag & dropping files, pasting URLs and shortcuts.

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).

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.

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.