Transferring files between Windows and Unix (WinSCP)

You can transfer files between computers and systems using the WinSCP program.


See the Detailed help tab for instructions with pics.

Getting started

  • Start the program from the Windows Start menu (All Programs > WinSCP > WinSCP).
  • In Host name, type one of the Linux servers (e.g.
  • In User name, type your username.
  • In Password, type your password.
  • For other options, you should use the default values in the image
  • Port number: 22
  • File protocol: SFTP
  • After entering the information, select Login.
  • On the first time, you will be asked whether you trust the host computer. Click Yes. You can check the server’s fingerprints.


Browsing folders

  • On the left-hand window, you can see your local drive. The right-hand window shows the content of the Linux server.
  • Different hard drives and folders are browsed using the drop-down menus (1) and (2). You can also open folders by double-clicking them. The right-hand side window also includes links to the Desktop, Documents, Downloads and HY-Unix folders (3).


Transferring files

  • The easiest way to copy files from a local directory to a remote computer is to drag it to a window displaying the contents of the remote computer. Similarly, files can be copied from a Linux server to a local directly by dragging the file icon from the Linux directory window to the local directory window.
  • The program asks you to confirm the transfer. Click OK.
    • You can change the settings by using the Transfer settings menu.


Ending use

  • You can exit the program in the Commands menu by selecting Quit (F10).
  • If you are requested to confirm exiting the programme, select OK.



If you cannot see the group directories (/home/ad/P-drive) on the server, edit the settings as follows:
Advanced Site Settings > SSH > Authentication > GSSAPI: uncheck Attempt GSSAPI authentication.

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