WinSCP

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WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, FTP client, WebDAV client and SCP client for Windows (only for Windows). Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers scripting and basic file manager functionality.

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WinSCP review by <span>Richard W.</span>
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WinSCP - Easy and Effective

What do you like best?

The UI is very intuitive and easy to use and supports SFTP, FTP and other protocols. It also has a drag and drop interface for easily sendingand receiving files from a web server. I really appreciate how it doesn't automatically time-out after a few minutes because even doing web development and code writing, I am constantly making changes as uploading to serve and switching back and forth between software. I also appreciate how it remembers the local and host directories used last.

What do you dislike?

At this point there is nothing I dislike about the program. It does everything I need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The cost is really inexpensive and the intuitive ease of use makes it well worth your money.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use GoDaddy to host our website files, which is actually quite nice and inexpensive. The problem with GoDaddy is its' web-based UI for uploading files - not user friendly at all. So we use WinSCP because it was easy to set up but mostly for its drag-and-drop file upload features. This makes it super easy to use in the development process.

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WinSCP review by <span>Roshan M.</span>
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One hell of a life saver!

What do you like best?

The easiness of use. No doubt about the ease of use of WinSCP. The file transfer is just drag and drop like normal windows and can be done from one server to another. We can save the sessions, including passwords, this saves us a lot of time in logging in each and every time. We can compare directories to check for missing files, this is useful when the directories are huge and copying will take up a lot of time.

What do you dislike?

The only issue with WinSCP is that shell commands do not work in this. And also it is not available for linux and mac. And in a rare occasion while copying file, the encoding changed from UTF-8 to another. This had caused me a lot of problems as this cannot be seen at the time, but only caught while processing. File transfer although great, is comparatively a little slower at times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to connect to remote servers, then this is the application to use. Usage does not get any easier than this. Once you use this, you will not look for any other application.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a person working from a different location from the client, WinSCP has been most useful because we can access remote servers from our local machines. Also we can access multiple servers at a time. And once logged in, the sessions can be saved for use in future which eliminates the login process everytime we need to use.

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WinSCP review by <span>Chirag A.</span>
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Great Software for secure file transfer

What do you like best?

Its a very light and portable software along with a great Graphical User Interface. Moreover it is a open source software which is available free of cost.

It is also very easy to navigate between files and folders using this software. It also have drag and drop feature which makes it very easier to use.

What do you dislike?

Only its session got expire very soon. Apart from this I did not see any drawback with this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very light software and is open source along with very good graphical user interface. Best software for transferring files securely between servers. But the firewalls between two servers should be opened.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are transferring files that we received on one of our unix server to windows environment or our local machine and then perform analysis on the data contained in those files.

WinSCP review by <span>santosh d.</span>
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Winscp-Terrific SCP and SFTP client

What do you like best?

Easy to use, and includes lots of useful functionality.It supports FTP, SFTP and other protocols. User interface is very good when compared to filezilla. i like the way it remembers the previously used directories and opens the same folder next time, which reduces my work. Drag and drop functionality is another one which makes my life easy.

What do you dislike?

In SFTP Due to the encrypted connection the data transmission is slower then with FTP

Recommendations to others considering the product

i would like to recommend all the developers who access code in secure way and inexpensive way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we use aws and godaddy hosting for our development. Winscp helps us to easily connect to the servers code securely. AS access to cpanel and hosting environment is not recommended to all users so, winscp helps to access with restriction on content.

WinSCP review by <span>Jason G.</span>
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the best sftp and scp client for windows

What do you like best?

Winscp is secured in terms of uploading/downloading files instead of using regular FTP connection. With WinSCP I can just drag and drop files I wanted to upload and download. Also I can edit text files with the need of command line as I am using WinSCP also to remote Linux machines

What do you dislike?

Loading time of directory is slow and whenever I upload something it takes lots of time

Recommendations to others considering the product

WinSCP can be a tool for beginners in editing text files on a linux machine. If you are lazy to do it via command line, then do it via WinSCP!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Accessing remote windows and linux clients, making some changes remotely on those.

WinSCP review by <span>Peter W.</span>
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Free SFTP and FTP client

What do you like best?

Very easy setup, just download and install, then you're ready to go.

Good interface, nice and easy to save predefined connection details for quick re-entry.

Good security features ensure your password is always protected and never open to view.

The program is very fast, takes seconds to start up and is very quick to FTP into a site.

The dual pane view is extremely useful, as you can have your own local directory open in WinSCP while still FTPing into your desired website.

The way WinSCP displays the websites information architecture is also very well laid out and makes sense to any new user.

WinSCP is regularly updated, ensuring any security flaws are speedily found and patched.

What do you dislike?

Some of the fields are hidden amongst menus, so if you didn't know you were missing a particular piece of information, it might take a while to track down what information you need.

The user interface is rather dated, like something you would see in Windows 98.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think as an FTP client, this sits somewhere in the middle. Might be a bit too hard to use for total amateurs, and a pro might be looking for some extra features. But for your average developer, this is more than enough.

WinSCP meets all of our needs, but if your a system or back-end developer, I would go with something a bit more in-depth.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

By being able to save our FTP connection details, it takes seconds to gain entry to our web server to start making changes.

The dual view mode enables us to do all of our file uploading and downloading all in the same program, reducing time spent switching between programs.

The manner in which the WinSCP displays your site also reduces time spent hunting for a particular part of a site.

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