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Screenshot of WinSCP version 4.1.0
Developed by Martin Prikryl
Initial release 2000
Stable release 4.1.8  (2008-12-01; 128 days ago) [+/−]
Preview release 4.2.1 beta  (2009-02-27; 40 days ago) [+/−]
Written in C++
Operating system Windows
Size ~ 7MB
Available in Over 20 languages
Development status Active
Type SFTP and FTP client
License GPL

WinSCP (Windows Secure CoPy) is an open source SFTP and FTP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers basic file manager and file synchronization functionality. For secure transfers, it uses Secure Shell (SSH) and supports the SCP protocol in addition to SFTP.

Development of WinSCP started around May 2000 and continues. Originally it was hosted by the University of Economics in Prague, where its author worked at the time. Since July 16, 2003 it is licensed under GPL and hosted on

WinSCP is based on the implementation of the SSH protocol from PuTTY and FTP protocol from FileZilla.

WinSCP is also available as a plugin for two file managers, FAR and Altap Salamander.


[edit] WinSCP as a Remote Editor

WinSCP can act transparently as a remote editor. When the user clicks on a (text) file in the remote file manager, it transfers the file to the local machine and opens it in the integrated editor, where Windows users can feel very much at home. Whenever the document is saved, the remote version is updated automatically.

[edit] Features

A Remote edit window

[edit] Portable Version

Apart from standard package, standalone version exists for portable usage. An official U3 version is also available.

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