How to Install WinSCP on Ubuntu

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install WinSCP client on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04.

WinSCP is a popular program only available on Windows Operating System. If you’re a user of the software and want to use it in Ubuntu, this post shows you how to do that with Wine.

Most people prefer WinSCP because of its simple and powerful interface. It is mainly used as a FTP client to transfer files between a local and a remote computer, and also supports secure FTP (sFTP).

Not only can you use secure FTP, but also provides for password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication and comes with integrated text editor.

For more about WinSCP, visit its website.

To get started with installing WinSCP on Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

Install Wine

As we mentioned above, WinSCP is a Windows application. It doesn’t support Linux systems, including Ubuntu. To install and use it in Ubuntu, you’ll need to install Wine.

Wine allows users to run applications designed for Windows in Linux environment.

To install Wine, use the steps below:

Before installing Wine, run the command below to enable the 32-bit architecture.

sudo apt update
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

After installing the package above, run the commands below to add Wine package repository and key.

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

Add the repository file by running the commands below.

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb focal main'

Now that the repository is added, run the commands below to install Wine.

sudo apt update 
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Wine should be installed and ready to use. You can begin installing applications designed for Windows with Wine environment.

Install WinSCP

Now that Wine is installed, go and download WinSCP package from its download site.

winscp ubuntu install

Most downloaded content are saved in your Downloads folder. Open your terminal and browse to the Downloads folder and execute the installer.

cd ~/Downloads
wine WinSCP-*-Setup.exe

That will launch the installation wizard. When prompted for the install mode, choose Install for all users (recommended).

winscp ubuntu setup

Accept the licensing terms and choose the recommended installation and continue.

ubuntu winscp recommended

After that, click Install to complete the installation.

winscp ubuntu install complete

An icon should appear on your desktop after the installation. Simply right-click the icon and select Allow Launching

winscp ubuntu launching

Finally launch WinSCP icon on your desktop to open.

winscp ubuntu open

Configuration your connection manager and you’re done.


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