Recommended WinSCP/PuTTY Setup

WinSCP is an SCP client for windows implementing the SSH protocol from PuTTY. 

WinSCP can be downloaded here.

Upon startup;


1. Add a New Site and set:

  • File protocol to SCP
  • Enter in Host Name: or
  • Enter your NeSI Linux username into User name: (Password optional)


5. Open Advanced Settings.


6. Navigate to Connection > Tunnel and set:

  • Enable 'Connect through SSH tunnel.
  • Under 'Host Name:' enter ''
  • Under 'User name: enter your username. (Password optional)

10. OK > Save

Setup for PuTTY Terminal (Optional)

If you plan on using the PuTTY terminal rather than the default WinSCP terminal, login can be streamlined by:

1. Open 'Tools > Preferences'


2. Under Integration > Applications enable Remember session password and pass it to PuTTY



Setup for Xming (Optional)

Xming is an X server for Windows allowing graphical interface with the HPC and can be downloaded here.

1. Install Xming following the prompts. (Make sure 'Normal PuTTY Link SSH Client' is selected).

2. Under Integration > Applications and add -X after PuTTY/Terminal client path.


3. Restart your session.



Files can be dragged, dropped and modified in the WinSCP GUI just like in any windows file system.


putTerm.png Will open a PuTTY terminal. Assuming you followed the steps setting up PuTTY, this should automatically enter in your details.

winTerm.png Will open the default WinSCP terminal, while the functionality is identical to any other terminal the interface is slightly abstracted, with a separate window for input and command history drop-down.

winAdd.png Type here to change directory. The GUI doesn't follow your current terminal directory like MobaXterm so must be changed manually. (Recommend making this larger as the default is very hard to type in).

winBook.png Bookmark current directory. 


Note: If you plan on using X11 forwarding your Xming server must be running before starting PuTTY.



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