Free: WinSCP SFTP / FTP client for Windows

WinSCP is an open source SFTP/FTP client for the Windows platform that is simple to use. I prefer WinSCP over other clients because of it’s simple interface and the emphasis on secure file transfers with support for SFTP, SSH, SCP and FTP. The built-in text editor makes editing remote files even easier.

I like WinSCP simplicity, open source nature, and support for SFTP. There are plenty of file transfer clients to choose from, some do too much and others too little. WinSCP strikes a balance between the two which makes it my favorite option for a Windows client.


  • 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
  • Explorer and Commander interfaces
  • Optionally stores session information
  • Optionally supports portable operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

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