1. Getting Started
This guide to the WinSCP client assumes that you are using a Windows machine, that you already have an activated Oxford Account, and that you have enabled your web space. Our instructions will guide you through the process of connecting to your GNU/Linux Service Home Folder (this is already part of your Oxford Account), through which you can access your user web space securely.
1.2. Obtaining and Installing WinSCP
The first thing to do is obtain the WinSCP Client software from the makers' web site:
From the list choose the most up-to-date release available. At the time of
writing this is WinSCP 4.0.6. Click on the
to download the software.
Next click on the downloaded file to begin installation.
Welcomescreen will appear:
Figure images/winscp1.png [Opening Welcome screen]
Licence Agreementappears confirming that the software is Free and Open Source. Click on the
Figure images/winscp2.png [Licence screen]
Setup typescreen now opens. Click on the
Nextbutton to continue if you are happy to accept the default options. Alternatively you may customise the installation.
Figure images/winscp3.png [Setup type screen]
Initial User Settingsscreen opens. Choose the
Norton Commander Interfaceif it is not already selected. Click on the
Nextbutton to continue.
Figure images/winscp4.png [Initial User Settings screen]
Ready to Installscreen shows which components you have chosen to install and where this will be put on your machine. If you want to adjust anything click on the
Backbutton to make changes. If you are happy with your choices press the
Figure images/winscp5.png [Components screen]
Figure images/winscp6.png [Installation screen]
Figure images/winscp7.png [Program Folder screen]
2. Using WinSCP Program
Once the installation of the program is complete you can open the program and
begin to use it. To open the program either click on the program icon on your
desktop or find the program in your file programs list (
[All Programs] >
interface is similar to older FTP or File Transfer Protocol Clients.
2.1. Accessing your web space
To access your users' web space (filestore) you first need to make a secure connection to your GNU/Linux Home Folder by follow the procedure outlined below:
Loginbutton. You will now see a
Connecting to Remote Hostbox which will show various details as the program connects to your GNU/Linux account.
Figure images/winscp-loggedin.png 
.bash_logout, etc. files are normal and should not be removed.
2.2. Creating shortcuts to your web space
Your webspace can be reached by the
public_html shortcuts found in your home folder on
the GNU/Linux server. If you don't see them in the right-hand panel, you can
create them as follows:
terminalbutton in the
Figure images/terminal-button.png [terminal button location]
Figure images/warning.png [Warning telling of new connection to server needs to be made]
Figure images/winscp-console.png [Terminal screen]
Enter Command, type
makeweblinksand press the
Closebutton to shut down the terminal window
public_html. You will not need to repeat this process again them unless you delete them from your folder .
Figure images/winscp-links.png [Links established to web store files]
2.3. Transferring and Managing Your Files
To access your web filestore click on the
folder in the right hand panel (if you do not see this then see the previous
section). You will now see all of your web space files.
To add a file from your local machine to your web space:
public_htmlfolder in the right hand panel will open up your web file store. You can now transfer files from your machine via drag and drop.
Copy Fileconfirmation alert will appear.
Figure images/winscp-copy-alert.png [Copy confirmation alert message]
Copybutton to transfer the file to your web space:
Figure images/winscp-copy.png [copying file box]
To delete a file from your web space:
<Delete>key on your keyboard.
Figure images/winscp-delete.png [Confirm delete alert]
OKto delete the file.
Quitting the program