Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WinSCP 5.2.4 – Free FTP, SFTP Client for Windows

WinSCP 5.2.4 - Free FTP, SFTP Client for WindowsSecurity is always an issue when transferring files from your local computer to a remote system. You need an effective FTP client like “WinSCP”, to securely transport files to a remote location. WinSCP, also called as Windows Secure Copy is a free and open-source SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Microsoft Windows. Apart from safely transferring files to network systems, it offers basic file management and synchronization functionality.

Using Windows SSH (Secure Shell), WinSCP transfers files via FTP (File Transfer Protocol), SFTP (SSH FTP), and SCP (Secure Copy) protocols. WinSCP comes as both portable and installer versions. You can run it on any machine copying the portable version to a USB drive or any removable device.

The latest beta version 5.2.4 is released on September 16, 2013 for Microsoft Windows, whereas the stable version 5.1.7 is also available for download. The stable version fixes three SSH security vulnerabilities, while the beta version has made many improvements for large font/high DPI environments, redesigned message boxes, and fixed several other bugs. To use the latest WinSCP version, you need to have an SSH server with SFTP/SCP support.

WinSCP 5.2.4 - My Server Configuration

Key Features:

  • Integration with Windows with user-friendly GUI (Drag-and-drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • Performs all basic operations with files
  • Support for FTP, SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2.
  • Integrated text editor
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication.
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface.
  • Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH.
  • Directory synchronization, updating files in two or more locations in several semi or fully automatic ways.
  • Voluntarily stores session information or imports it from PuTTY sessions in the registry.
  • Can upload files and preserve associated original date/timestamps, unlike regular FTP clients.

The interface is much-alike the Windows Explorer, which will help you quickly and easily copy files between a local and a remote computer. You can change the drive, explore parent/root/home directories, bookmark files, etc. easily in a quick manner. You can perform link editing, duplicate or custom commands from the File menu.

WinSCP as a remote editor, where the user clicks on a text file in the remote file manager, it transmits the desired file to the local machine and opens it in the integrated editor. On the other hand, the user may prefer local editors based on file extensions. The remote version is updated automatically as soon as the document is saved.

WinSCP 5.2.4 - Setting Transfer Options

WinSCP consumes very low CPU and RAM for better response time. It is available in 38 world-wide languages with the GNU General Public License. You can download WinSCP’s latest beta or stable version from its official website, where the installation package, portable executables, .Net assembly/COM library, and source code are also available.