Download Now Button
Release Date:
2015-02-20 | Changelog
Submit Date:
Win 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3/Vista/7/8
User Rating

(13 Votes )

FreewareFiles Editor's Review

 Editorīs Rating

 Reviewed on January 23, 2014

WinSCP is a free SFTP client that you can use to transfer files securely. The small Windows program allows users to copy files safely between local and remote computers using Secure Shell technology. It is compatible with different protocols, including Secure Copy Protocol (SCP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Secure Shell File Transfer Protocol (SSH FTP). You can also use it to perform basic file management functions.

Installing WinSCP

During the installation of WinSCP, we had to choose between two user interfaces: commander and explorer. We opted for the commander interface, which provided two panels for local and remote directories respectively.

Using WinSCP

Before we could start using the Windows FTP client, we had to choose the file protocol we wanted to use and enter host name, port number, username and password. The tools tab, on the lower left corner, allowed us to do a number of things, including running pageant, setting preferences, backing up and restoring configuration.

The program allowed us to make several configurations under preferences, including changing the user interface selected during installation.

Transferring files was as easy as selecting them and pressing F5. We could also use the mouse to drag and drop files. We were able to perform a number of operations both locally and remotely so long as our server supported them. These included editing files, renaming them and changing their permissions.

One of the things that make WinSCP stand apart is the enhanced security it provides. Security was not considered a major issue when the process of transferring files over networks was started. However, as more computers and people joined the network, risks increased significantly.

Although it is easy to use FTP clients, there are high chances of using an insecure connection. The risks are pronounced when users transfer such sensitive data as confidential company information, projects and bank account details. Even a tiny security gap can leave all people in a network vulnerable.

Inclusion of the Console Window also came in handy, as we used it to execute remote commands that required no user input. This feature is dependent on server compatibility. In addition, we could connect to more than one network at the same time and manage all open connections easily.


If you want a free SFTP client that provides secure connections for file transfers, then WinSCP is your answer.

Software Product Description

Freeware SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) and SCP (Secure CoPy) client for Windows using SSH (Secure SHell). Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this basic function, WinSCP manages some other actions with files.

Whatīs New in version 5.7.0:

  • Requesting FTP directory listing fields using OPTS MLST, if the server does not provide all needed fields by default.
  • Support for MD5 FTP command.
  • Executable winscp.exe is included in .NET assembly package.
  • Logging level and password logging can be set on command-line using /loglevel switch.
  • Logging parsed command-line and script command parameters on Debug 1 level.
  • Size of connection receiving buffer increased.
  • TLS/SSL core upgraded to OpenSSL 1.0.1l.
  • Reducing amount of detailed information shown on Authentication Progress window for FTP sessions.
  • Adjusting message box size for icons scaled on Windows 8.1 and newer.
  • Not using drag images.
  • Logging processes and performance counters in .NET assembly debug log, only when Session.DebugLogLevel is 1.
  • Not logging value of -passphrase switch of open command.
  • Bug fix: After several unsuccessful reconnects a resumed FTP file download starts from an initial remote folder, instead of correct source folder.
  • Bug fix: When sorting local files modified at the same time by modification time, sort direction is not considered when falling back to sorting by filename.
  • Bug fix: Command could be invoked in the middle of creating directory or navigating.
  • Bug fix: It was possible to drop on a file with drop handler in local panel with enabled drag&drop shell extension, although it cannot work with drop handlers.
  • Bug fix: Failure when dropping on a file with drop handler in local panel with disabled drag&drop shell extension.
  • Bug fix: Failure when running in a restricted environment.
  • Bug fix: Confirmation button on Read to Install and Finished installing installer screens was incorrectly labeled Next.
  • Bug fix: Order of sessions in workspace with more than 10 sessions is not preserved.
FreewareFiles Clean Award FreewareFiles tested WinSCP 5.7 on 2015-02-20 using leading antivirus scanners and found it 100% Clean.

User Reviews

Reviewer: -Bohusbo    Review Date: 2010-08-06
Average Rating (13 Votes )
Pros:  None

Cons:  None

Other Thoughts:  Easy and simple, just like I want it. Thanks.
Read All Reviews (6 User Reviews) | Write A Review |
background background background
Bookmark and Share
Over 17,000 programs to download and use for free.
background background background
Copyright © 1998 - 2015 FreewareFiles. All Rights Reserved.