WinSCP remains one of our favorite SFTP clients

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers scripting and basic file manager functionality.

What FTP protocols does WinSCP support?

WinSCP offers support for secure SFTP and SCP protocols, which offer SSH and SSH2 encrypted authentication.

Can WinSCP be used as a file manager?

The WinSCP interface is organized as a file manager, yes it can also be used as a file manager. Although you can customize it a bit, when you open WinSCP you get a double pane file tree, the left being your local storage and the right the server you connect to.

How secure is WinSCP?

WinSCP is very secure as long as you keep your credentials safe. This means that if your computer is compromised with a trojan or keylogger, WinSCP login and information can be stolen and thus access to the server or servers you have stored can be also compromised.

Does WinSCP offer automated file transfers?

WinSCP can be configured to do automatic file transfers or synchronize files and/or directories but it requires a script. You can find a guide to automated file transfers to SFTP servers here.


  • Graphical user interface
  • 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
  • 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
  • Windows Explorer-like and Norton Commander-like interfaces
  • Optionally stores session information
  • Optionally supports standalone operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

What’s New

  • Translation completed: Polish.
  • TLS/SSL core upgraded to OpenSSL 1.1.1p.
  • Not offering to create a link to parent directory, when it happens to be selected, when starting to create a link. 2091
  • Bug fix: Extension options dialog layout broken on systems with multiple monitors with different text scaling. 2090
  • Bug fix: Failure when starting parallel FTP background transfers. 2093
  • Bug fix: Directory coloring rules on remote panel do not work. 2094

Alternatively you can download the latest beta version of this software.

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