IT Services

Using WinSCP client


1. Getting Started

1.1. Introduction

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 Installation Package to download the software.

Next click on the downloaded file to begin installation.

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 ([Start] > [All Programs] > [WinSCP] > [WinSCP]). The interface is similar to older FTP or File Transfer Protocol Clients.

Figure images/winscp-interface.png [Interface of WinSCP Client]

To avoid problems where cached (saved) information gets out of date, you should configure the cache settings (you should only have to do this once).

Figure images/winscp-setcache.png [Interface of WinSCP Client - cache settings]

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:

2.2. Creating shortcuts to your web space

Your webspace can be reached by the cgi and 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:

2.3. Transferring and Managing Your Files

To access your web filestore click on the public_html 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:

To delete a file from your web space:

Quitting the program