Copy files from Windows or Mac to Linux safely

Many systems administrators of LAN and WAN networks, which contain Windows, Mac and Linux hosts, once face the problem on how to securely transmit some data between these systems. It is always possible to use SCP when copying files between two Unix machines but what if you have to move files from Windows PC to Linux server for example? It’s nice to know that there are good guys who created tool for this operation named WinSCP.

winscp logoActually WINSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows as it’s said on their site. The following features are supported:

  • Graphical user interface
  • Translated into several languages
  • Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • U3 support
  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH
  • Windows Explorer-like and Norton Commander-like interfaces
  • Optionally stores session information
  • Optionally supports standalone operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

So, as not every computer runs Linux today yet, you are welcome to use WinSCP meanwhile 🙂

cyberduckThere are still many real programmers around the world and that’s why here is SFTP, SCP (any many other protocols) browser for MACs named CYBERDUCK. It makes no sense to list all features it supports here, so just visit their site to get surprised 🙂

P.S. Have a good transfer! 😉


Stefan Durand

My name is Stefan, I'm the admin of LinuxScrew. I am a full-time Linux/Unix sysadmin, a hobby Python programmer, and a part-time blogger. I post useful guides, tips, and tutorials on common Linux and Programming issues. Feel free to reach out in the comment section.

3 thoughts on “Copy files from Windows or Mac to Linux safely”

  1. Hi,

    This is Singaraiah.I am new to perl script.My requirement is that i want to get the hostname of windows and that will copy into tmp file and that file has to copy from windows to linux machine. They are in same network.

    If anybody knows,please give some suggetions.

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