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WinSCP Alternatives for Mac

WinSCP is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is FileZilla, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to WinSCP and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to WinSCP are Cyberduck, Forklift, muCommander and Transmit.

WinSCP alternatives are mainly FTP Clients but may also be File Managers or Terminal Emulators. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WinSCP .
This page was last updated Mar 9, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
  • PortableApps.com
  • Wine

WinSCP, a popular free SFTP and FTP client for Windows, copies files between a local and remote computer. It supports also...

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  1. FileZilla

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS

    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.

    Bundleware

    Be aware that installing FileZilla on your computer might install some bundleware/malware on your machine. See this thread on the FileZilla forum: https://forum.filezilla-project.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=48441

    FileZilla vs WinSCP opinions
    Some users think FileZilla is a great alternative to WinSCP , some don't.
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    greenseeker

    Contrary to many of the comments here, Filezilla does support SFTP. Both SFTP and SCP are SSH-based file transfer protocols and usually when you can use one, you can use both. SCP doesn't allow browsing the filesystem, it's transfer only, so WinSCP is actually using a hacky workaround: https://winscp.net/eng/docs/requirements#scp

    I prefer WinSCP, personally, but Filezilla is a perfectly good alternative.

    Top positive comment  4 months ago
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    mcgiwer

    No support for SCP, SSH and some other protocols supported by WinSCP

    Top negative comment  6 months ago
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    filezilla is only ftp no SSH/SCP

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    It's not an SCP client, just (S)FTP

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    FileZilla only does FTP/SFTP. It does not do SCP

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    Does not support ssh sudo su

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    FTP if different from SCP, if the specific protocol is needed then FTP client is useless

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  2. A libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Backblaze B2, Azure & OpenStack Swift browser.

    Cyberduck vs WinSCP opinions
    Most users think Cyberduck is a great alternative to WinSCP .
    vglist

    Does not support ssh sudo su

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    ssssh in command line not GUI

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    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.

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  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.

    Most users think Forklift is a great alternative to WinSCP .
  4. muCommander

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • BSD
    • Java

    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...).

    Most users think muCommander is a great alternative to WinSCP .
  5. 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.

    Most users think Transmit is a great alternative to WinSCP .


  6. Terminal

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    Terminal (also referred to as Terminal.app) is a terminal emulator included in Apple's Mac OS X operating system. It originated in Mac OS X's predecessors, NEXTSTEP and OPENSTEP, and allows the user to interact with the computer through a command line interface.

  7. Royal TSX

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Royal TS provides easy and secure access to your remote systems.

  8. trolCommander - fork of the free and opensource muCommander filemanager.

    Discontinued

    Last update is from December 29th, 2016.

  9. FileZilla Secure is a free FTP client that has all the features of the original FileZilla plus it encrypts your FTP passwords to help protect from hackers stealing them.

    Warning

    It has been clearly 'replaced' by the original FileZilla, see https://forum.filezilla-project.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=64&start=1005#p156191

  10. CrossFTP

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    CrossFTP is an FTP, Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, and cloud storage client.

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