WinSCP is a secure file copying program for Windows. This tutorial includes:
The following steps will get you started using WinSCP for the first time. After that, you will not need to go through the first steps again (unless you want to transfer files to computers other than Acme).
First, download WinSCP (here)
to your desktop. Once it's downloaded, minimize this window,
double-click the installer, and click
Next until the
installation is complete.
If WinSCP doesn't start automatically when the installation is complete, run it by clicking Start, Programs, WinSCP2, WinSCP2.
You should see this screen (Fig. 1) when WinSCP first starts up. If you
don't, it's probably because you're a PuTTY user and already have PuTTY
Session in the left pane of the screen so
that you see the screen shown here.
Fig. 1: Blank
The next section explains how to configure this screen (and other settings) to set up your session preferences for Acme.
To configure WinSCP to connect to another system, you first have to tell it
some basic information about what you want to do. Fill in the text fields
Session screen. You do not need to change the
Port number, and you do not need a
You should now have a completed
Session panel similar to
Fig. 2: Completed
Warning! Skipping the next paragraph will cause you and your TA a big headache. Don't skip it.
The following error is caused by failing to follow the instructions in the next paragraph:
Now find and select the
Advanced options checkbox at the
bottom left corner of the WinSCP window; more options appear in the left
pane. Among them is
Shell; click it.
To the right, now, you will see that the top entry box says
Shell. Change this option from
Enter, and type
/bin/sh in the text field, as shown in
Fig. 3. Leave everything else unchanged.
Fig. 3: Customized
Finally, you're done setting up the connection. It's time to save so you
won't have to do this every time! So, uncheck the
options checkbox in the bottom left corner of the window, and then
Stored sessions in the left pane, as shown in Fig. 4.
Fig. 4: The
Stored sessions Screen
Saveon the right side of this window. In the
Save session as, enter
acme.gatech.edu, as shown in Fig. 5, and click
Fig. 5: The
Save session as Window
All right, you're finished setting up your connection to Acme... now continue on to learn how to connect and transfer files!
To connect to Acme, simply select
Stored sessions in the left
pane of the WinSCP window, then select your connection to
acme.gatech.edu in the right side (it's probably the only one),
and, finally, hit the
Login button at the bottom (see Fig. 6).
You might be prompted for your password again; if so, enter it.
Fig. 6: The
Stored sessions Screen with a
Once connected to Acme, WinSCP will present you with a view similar to that shown in Fig. 7. The files in the listing are all of the files in your home directory on Acme; this is often referred to as the remote file listing.
Fig. 7: WinSCP Remote File Listing
Transferring files with WinSCP is as simple as dragging the file from a folder on your computer into the WinSCP window, or vice versa. Let's try it:
winscp-test.txt. Type something short into this file (e.g., "Hello!") and save it.
Copydialog box. This is just to confirm that you really want to copy the file; hit
winscp-test.txtfrom your Desktop.
In short, for any file you want to transfer to Acme, just connect with WinSCP and drag it into the WinSCP window. Very simple!
This isn't really a step at all! Just close WinSCP when you're finished, and it disconnects from Acme automatically.