Instructions for Downloading WinSCP

Step 1:

To download WinSCP, go to the program’s homepage by clicking the link or typing the following address into your web browser: http://www.winscp.net

Click the download button located on the blue navigation bar on the left side of the page.

Step 2:

The page you will be taken to has several downloads available. You will want to click on the first one, which is “WinSCP installation package”.

Step 3:

At this point, you will be prompted to select a “mirror” site (see image to right). Choose a site on the North American continent, preferably one closest to your location. You can make that choice by clicking the page icon in the right hand column marked “Download.” Be patient as it may take some time for the download to begin.

Step 4:

As with most downloads, Windows may ask you whether you want to open the program or save it. Choose to save it to a folder of your choice on your computer. REMEMBER this folder! The file will then download. The download could take several minutes, depending on your Internet connection.

Step 5:

After the download is complete, locate the file on your computer. Double click on the program labeled winscpxxxsetup.exe (xxx represents the version, e.g. 341) to begin installation.

Step 6:

The WinSCP Setup Wizard will start at this point. Click “Next.”

Step 7:

Before moving on, it is necessary to accept the licensing agreement. Make your selection, then click “Next.”

Step 8:

For your convenience, the WinSCP Setup Wizard, by default, will set up a new folder in your program files named “WinSCP.” If you prefer not to use this folder, then select another. Otherwise, choose this folder to save the installed program to and click “Next.”

Step 9:

The next dialog box will give you the chance to do a full or customized installation. As a student in the ECpE Department you should select to do the full installation, which includes PUTTYgen and Pageant.

Step 10:

The next dialog box will, by default, prompt you to create a new start menu folder called WinSCPx. If you prefer not to have a new folder made, check the box next to “Don’t create a Start Menu folder.” After you have made your choice, click “Next.”

Step 11:

The next screen will give you the choice of creating a desktop icon, quick launch icon, and upload shortcut. Select the options you prefer, then click “Next.”

Step 12:

This screen gives you the choice of which “User interface style” to use. Under each choice is a brief description of the key features of both. The default choice is referred to as the “Norton Commander Interface”. This is the recomended interface. In order to change interfaces you will have to reinstall WinSCP. An “Explorer-like” interface and “Additional options” are also available. Make your choice and click “Next.”

Step 13:

Click “Install.”

Step 14:

Installation will take place and you will be given the option of launching WinSCP. Leave that checked so that WinSCP will be launched and click “Finish.”

Step 15:

After the program installs, the WINSCP Login window will appear. On the menu tree on the left side of the Login window, select “Session,” if it is not already selected. Under “Host name” type: “linux-1.ece.iastate.edu”

Leave port number at 22. Type in your username and password, which is the same as your departmental username and password. Click on the “Save…” button. A “Save session as” window appears, which is already filled out. Click “OK.”

Step 16:

Select “Stored sessions” from the menu tree. Now select your new stored session, which is in the right window, and click on “Login.”

SOME WARNINGS ARE GOOD! Choose OK when prompted to except the certificate.

Step 17:

A Warning window will appear, like the one shown above. Click on “Yes” as this is supposed to happen. This will save a secure key to your computer which only the host server and your computer have access to.

You’re finished! Now you can use WinSCP to transfer your files. As seen below, files in the left window represent the files on your computer while the files in the right window represent the files on the server. Transferring between the two is as simple as dragging and dropping.