Best WinSCP Alternatives in 2021

    WinSCP is described as 'WinSCP, a popular free SFTP and FTP client for Windows, copies files between a local and remote computer. It supports also FTPS, SCP and WebDAV. It offers easy to use GUI for all common file operations and a powerfull automation with .NET assembly' and is one of the leading apps in the File Sharing category. There are more than 50 alternatives to WinSCP for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is FileZilla, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like WinSCP are Cyberduck (Free, Open Source), Forklift (Paid), Transmit (Paid) and muCommander (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 23, 2021

    1. FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable.


      Be aware that installing FileZilla on your computer might install some bundleware/malware on your machine. See this thread on the FileZilla forum:

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      FileZilla vs WinSCP opinions
      Some users think FileZilla is a great alternative to WinSCP , some don't.
      It's not an SCP client, just (S)FTP
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

      filezilla is only ftp no SSH/SCP
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      FileZilla only does FTP/SFTP. It does not do SCP
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Does not support ssh sudo su
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      FTP if different from SCP, if the specific protocol is needed then FTP client is useless
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      No automatic save after editing.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      FileZilla is one of the best FTP clients
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

    2. A libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Backblaze B2, Azure & OpenStack Swift browser.
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      Cyberduck vs WinSCP opinions
      Most users think Cyberduck is a great alternative to WinSCP .
      Some AVs block FileZilla on macOS for some reason and I couldn't use it. Cyberduck is excellent alternative Open Source as it is very similar to all of them.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      ssssh in command line not GUI
      Negative comment over 5 years ago


    3. ForkLift is designed to be the fastest, most powerful file manager for the Mac. Connect to FTP or SFTP servers, manage your Amazon S3 account or your mobile devices over Bluetooth.
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      Most users think Forklift is a great alternative to WinSCP .
    4. The gold standard of macOS file transfer apps just drove into the future. Transmit 5 is here. Upload, download, and manage files on tons of servers with an easy, familiar, and powerful UI. It’s quite good.
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      Most users think Transmit is a great alternative to WinSCP .
    5. muCommander is a lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface. It runs on any operating system with Java support (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris...).
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      Most users think muCommander is a great alternative to WinSCP .

    6. SSH and SFTP client for Windows incorporates: * one of the most advanced graphical SFTP clients; * state-of-the-art terminal emulation with support for the bvterm, xterm, and vt100 protocols; * support for corporation-wide single sign-on using SSPI (GSSAPI)...
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    7. CarotDAV is a Simple WebDAV / FTP / SkyDrive / DropBox / GoogleDrive / Box / SugarSync client for Windows OS, available free of charge. It is also able to read GoogleDocs or IMAP.
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    8. SSHFS allows you to mount a remote filesystem using SFTP. Most SSH servers support and enable this SFTP access by default, so SSHFS is very simple to use - there's nothing to do on the server-side.
    9. Graphical SFTP client and terminal emulator with helpful utilities.
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      Snowflake (SSH / SFTP client) vs WinSCP opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Simplest SFTP client out there!
      Positive comment 6 months ago

    10. Royal TS provides easy and secure access to your remote systems Unlock the power to remotely manage your systems on multiple platforms!
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