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WinSCP – Open Source FTP Client for Windows


For Windows only: Other than using Filezilla or FireFTP FTP clients, another free and open source alternative is WinSCP – the open source SFTP and FTP client for Windows. It excels in file transfer and employs the Secure Shell (SSH) for secure file transfer and supports both the SCP and SFTP protocols.
It’s major limit is that unlike Filezilla it is not a cross-platform FTP client and does not support FTPS (FTP over SSL)
You could also fetch the portable version of WinSCP for your thumb drive at Portable APPS.
The WinSCP project took off in 2000 and is released under the GNU GPL License


  1. Mat
    7:33 pm on January 8th, 2008

    Filezilla remains the best, it is free, cross-platform and does all what Winscp does and more. A good alternative could be the FireFtp; the Firefox extension.

  2. FanatiPhone
    10:45 pm on February 12th, 2008

    Hi! I use WinSCP when I’m home and I think it’s great!
    But when I’m at work I use different pc’s and I cannot install WinSCP (only admin can) . So therefore I use [www.loelink.com]
    It’s a online version of WinSCP. It does the same and with nothing to install. Really a handy tool!