What is WinSCP

WinSCP is a graphical open source SFTP and FTP client for Windows that also supports the old SCP protocol. It offers a protected data and file transfer between different computers and enables the use of protected “tunnels”.

This is a brief introduction in German. Most of the WinSCP application documentation is currently only available in English. Most of the links lead to the English documentation.

Download and install WinSCP

The German version of WinSCP is now available. To download it now, click on the link WinSCP download page and select the “Installation package”. The installation dialog initially starts in English, but can be switched to “German” in the installation dialog in order to continue the process in German.

The German version of WinSCP is fully functional. When a new English version appears, the corresponding German version usually only follows one day later.


File operations

WinSCP can do all basic operations with files like downloading and uploading. It can also rename files & folders, create new folders, change properties of files & folders, and create symbolic links and shortcuts.

One of the two available program interfaces allows the user to manage files even on the local computer. It is also possible to quickly mark several files with the CTRL key.

Connection to remote computers

With WinSCP it is possible to connect to an SSH (Secure Shell) server with SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) or SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) or to an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server.

SFTP is a standardized part of the SSH-2 package. SCP is a standardized part of the SSH-1 package. Both protocols can also be used on newer SSH versions. WinSCP supports SSH-1 and SSH-2.

For FTP, in addition to basic FTP (active / passive), TLS / SSL connections are also supported. Compressed transfers (Zlib) are not supported, however.

Program interface

WinSCP has two program interfaces with a wide range of options.

You can choose your user interface during installation or change it later via Settings.

If you are using WinSCP for the first time, you may prefer the Explorer interface, which every Windows user should be familiar with. However, if you are more familiar with the Norton Commander interface, which is used by many file managers such as Total Commander, FAR or Altap Salamander, then choose this one. The Norton Commander interface focuses on operation only with the keyboard (without a mouse). A practiced user will use it to perform file operations more quickly.