WinSCP 5.1 released

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 24, 2012
Updated • Sep 24, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

WinSCP is a popular sftp, scp and ftp client for the Windows operating system. I have been using the program in the past years to connect to various servers and sites that I own or administrate. The program makes available an easy to use dual-pane interface that is ideal for transferring files from the local system to the server and vice versa.WinSCP is well integrated into the Windows operating system, supporting drag and drop and other file operations among other things.

System and network administrators can make use of the advanced feature set that it makes available, including batch file scripting, directory synchronization and public key authentication.

The developers of WinSCP have released WinSCP 5.1 today, a big jump from the last stable version 4.3.9 of the application. The new version introduces several new and improved features to the program, including:

  • Unicode/UTF8 support.
  • Tab selector for sessions.
  • Support for taskbar jump list on Windows 7.
  • Support for MLSD/MLST FTP commands.
  • .NET assembly built around WinSCP scripting interface.

A full list of changes is available on the history page over at Please note that the majority of features, changes and bug fixes have found their way into the program in one of the beta and release candidate builds that have been available in the past months.

The latest version of the file transfer application is available for download at the project website. The software is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Please note that it is available as a portable and setup on the page. The source code is available as well.

Existing users can upgrade the program, use the portable version or install the program in another location on the hard drive. If you have saved sessions in the WinSCP.ini file, I suggest you backup the file before you do that though to be on the safe side of things.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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