This is the portable edition of WinSCP - an intuitive application that enables users to connect to their computers remotely, via FTP. It comes packed with a powerful set of features for all types of users.
Since installation is not a requirement, you can drop the lightweight executable file somewhere on the hard disk and click it to run.
It is also possible to save it to a USB flash disk or similar removable device, in order to run it on any machine with minimum effort.
What's more, the Windows registry does not get new entries, and files are not left behind on the hard disk after program removal.
It is possible to manage multiple websites, log in remotely via File Transfer Protocol, SSH Transfer of File Protocol or SCP, import and export configuration files, as well as clean up application data.
The main window is divided into two panes for easily navigating and transferring files and folders between the local and remote workstation. You can filter displayed files by extension type, create a bookmarks list, compare or compress files, duplicate items or sessions, execute PuTTy SSH terminals, as well as synchronize data and save the workspace, among others.
Professional WinSCP has a good response time and uses surprisingly low CPU and RAM. We have not come across any issues throughout our evaluation, since the program did not hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. Thanks to its intuitive layout and options, Home WinSCP should please all users.
There are numerous users who like to connect their computers in a network so that they can easily access each other’s Computer whenever needed. Those who want a fast transfer of file tool could give WinSCP a try, since it comes with a free license, so no money is required for its continuous usage.
It needs to be mentioned from the get-go that this application is addressed mainly to power users, as expert knowledge (or at least the guidance of an expert) is needed to correctly setup the Software solution. Once the login process is complete, novices can manage the app on their own, without additional support. To speed up this process in the future, one can save their data as a session that can be loaded with ease whenever needed.
The user interface of WinSCP is intuitive and, according to the choice specified during installation, it displays either a single panel or two (this mode basically provides users with access to both the local and the remote location at the same time).
One can simply explore the files on their computer and choose the ones they want to transfer to the remote PC or FTP Client Software. Also, they can print or compress remote files without needing to copy them to their PC beforehand.
Another function of WinSCP is that it can be used to compare folders and to synchronize their contents without additional effort. The application can also launch PuTTY if you want to modify Telnet or SSH parameters.
All in all, WinSCP can be of great help to all those who often need to process files from remote computers. Once the configuration is correctly set up, transferring and synchronizing data between two remote PC becomes a breeze.