WinSCP, which is short for Windows Secure Copy, is a free and open source utility for Microsoft Windows that allows users to securely transfer files from and to a Window computer and a remote computer, such a Linux server. It supports not only SCP protocol but also SSH, SFTP, FTP and WebDAV. It further provides a pair of graphical interfaces that support the dragging and dropping of files, as well as copying, moving and deleting files on the remote computer. Is also has a plethora of options as well as multilingual support, and it further provides the ability to edit files right on the remote computer. Additionally, the software is available as a portable installation.
- Provides multiple graphical interfaces
- Comes with multilingual support
- Includes batch file scripting and a command line interface
- Has directory synchronization
- Comes with an integrated editor for editing remote files
- Provides authentication and security options
- Offers a portable installation
- Is completely free to use and is open source
- Makes working on a remote Linux machine from a Windows computer as easy as possible
- Supports all secure file transfer protocols
- Has a dated interface
- Switching between its two interface requires changing a preference setting
If you are a Windows user who has to do work on remote Linux servers, you have almost certainly faced the problem of moving files from one machine to the other, and performing other types of file operations. WinSCP was created with you in mind. It essentially makes the remote server seem like any other file structure on Windows. It even provides two separate user interfaces: a standard Windows file manager and an old-style Norton Commander-like interface, with the local and remote file structures side by side. WinSCP comes with everything you need, including support for every major secure transfer protocol, batch file scripting, a command line interface, an integrated editor, directory synchronization, as well as authentication and security options. Best of all, the program is completely free to use and is open source. There really is nothing much to dislike about WinSCP. Though its interface in today's world looks a little bit dated. Also, if you want to switch between the two interfaces, there is no toggle to do so. You have to change a setting in the preferences.