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Developer(s)Martin Přikryl
Initial release2000; 24 years ago (2000)
Stable release
6.3.3[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 16 April 2024
Written inC++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Size10 MB
Available in45 languages[2]
TypeFile Manager

WinSCP (Windows Secure Copy)[3] is a free and open-source file manager, SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), WebDAV, Amazon S3, and secure copy protocol (SCP) client for Microsoft Windows.


Its main function is secure file transfer between a local computer and a remote server.[4] Beyond this, WinSCP offers basic file manager and file synchronization functionality. For secure transfers, it uses the Secure Shell protocol (SSH) and supports the SCP protocol in addition to SFTP.[5]

Development of WinSCP started around March 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 the GNU GPL. It is hosted on SourceForge and GitHub.[6]

WinSCP is based on the implementation of the SSH protocol from PuTTY and FTP protocol from FileZilla.[7] It is also available as a plugin for Altap Salamander file manager,[8] and there exists a third-party plugin for the FAR file manager.[9]


An internal editor window

Apart from the standard package, three portable versions are also available: A generic package[12] and two customized versions for LiberKey and The portable version runs on Wine[13] on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, and BSD.[14]

Some older versions of the WinSCP installer included OpenCandy advertising module or bundled Google Chrome. Since version 5.5.5 (August 2014) the installer does not contain any advertisement.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "6.3.3". 16 April 2024. Retrieved 16 April 2024.
  2. ^ "WinSCP Translations". Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  3. ^ "Project History :: WinSCP". February 16, 2023.
  4. ^ Bisch, Patrick (2011-12-21). "How to Automatically Backup Your Web Server Files With WinSCP over FTP". HowToGeek. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  5. ^ "Introducing WinSCP". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Project History". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  7. ^ "WinSCP Contributions". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  8. ^ "WinSCP Plugin to Altap Salamander File Manager". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  9. ^ "NetBox: SFTP/FTP/FTP(S)/SCP/WebDAV client for Far Manager". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  10. ^ "WinSCP 5.7 - What's New?". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Editing/Opening Files". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Portable Use". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  13. ^ "WinSCP entry on Wine AppDB". Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  14. ^ "What is Wine?". Retrieved 28 February 2021.

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