Set up WinSCP
One you have WinSCP installed, run the app to get started. Once the app loads, you will be looking at the main page.
To start a new connection, click on New Session. This is found in the upper left of the screen, or in the Session menu in the upper menu bar. This will open the New Session window.
In this window, you can enter your new FTP login information and save the settings for later. While this is not required, it can be very useful if you have several FTP accounts that you manage.
First click on New Site to create a new entry. Here you will be asked to enter your account information:
- File Protocol
- in most cases, this will be FTP or SFTP
- will be set to No Encryption for FTP and TLS/SSL Explicit Encryption for SFTP
- Host Nam
- enter your server name, this can be your domain name, the server domain name or the server IP
- Port Number
- typically set to port 21, but will auto populate with the other settings
- User Name
- your FTP account username
- the password you set when setting up your FTP account
- Anonymous Login
- should be left unchecked as most ftp servers have anonymous logins disabled
Once you have all of your information entered, you can either click on Login to connect to the server and begin your FTP session, or you may choose Save to save this connection for future use.
If you choose Save, you will be asked to enter a name for the connection and what folder you put it in, if you have some created already.
You can get WinSCP to save the password as well. This will require that you set up a master password for WinSCP that will need to be entered each time you log into one of your saved connections.
Lastly, you can choose if you would like a shortcut for the connect to be placed on your desktop.