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An Overview of WinSCP: An Open Source FTP

written by: Summer Banks•edited by: Robin L.•updated: 11/23/2008
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Do you want to move files from your computer to your website without spending a lot of money on software? WinSCP provides a seamless integration between the remote computer and the local computer.

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    WinSCP is a free SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) and Secure CoPy (SCP) client used for Windows using Secure Shell (SSH). It was developed for the safe copying of files between remote and local computers. In addition to its basic function, it manages various other file actions. It can carry out other basic file operations, for instance moving and copying. It also allows a user to rename folders and files, change properties of folders and files, and generate new folders. It contains two program interfaces that are selectable that allow users to be able to manage files, even on the local computer. Most of these and other operations can be carried out recursively in folders for files.

    PuTTY Portable

    The features of the freeware Windows client are integration that is described as PuTTY Portable, a user interface that is graphical, and is translated from English to several languages. Others include performing all typical file operations, support for regular FTP Protocol, SSH-2, SSH-1, SCP Protocol, and SFTP, directory synchronization in various fully and semi automatic ways and contain a text editor that is integrated. Further features include support for GSS (Kerberos) and public key authentication, keyboard interactive, and SSH password and interfaces that appear like Norton Commander and Windows Explorer.

    Standalone Versions and Text Editors

    Further from the standard package, there are standalone versions for portable use, on top of a U3 version being available. The latest stable release is version 4.1.7, which was released in late September. When WinSCP acts as a text editor, it acts transparently. When a user selects a text file from the file manager that is remote, this application transfers that file from the remote machine to the local machine, where it is opened within the editor that is integrated. From here, Windows users find it easier to use. Once the document is saved, the version that is remote is upgraded by design.

    The latest changes include the console interface output is not buffered any more, on refusal of the FTP connection, an message for system error is shown, and resume support status and transfer mode are not shown on the progress window any more. Others include the faster opening of the internal editor; there is now a possibility of referencing the folder session from command script and line, and a host of bug fixes.

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