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
Installation Package to download the software.
Next click on the downloaded file to begin installation.
Welcomescreen will appear:
Click on the
Licence Agreementappears confirming that the software is Free and Open Source. Click on the
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.
Next select the
Initial User Settingsscreen opens. Choose the
Norton Commander Interfaceif it is not already selected. Click on the
Nextbutton to continue.
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
The program will now be installed.
Once installation is complete you will see the following screen.
If you do not want to start the program on exiting setup, uncheck the
Launch WinSCPtick box.
Click on the
Finishbutton to exit setup.
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] >
[WinSCP]). The interface is similar to older FTP or File Transfer Protocol Clients.
To avoid problems where cached (saved) information gets out of date, you should configure the cache settings (you should only have to do this once).
In the left-hand panel of the
WinSCP Loginscreen, click on
Advanced Optionstick box.
Cache visited remote directories
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:
- Open the program
You will see the
Fill in your connection details as follows:
Your Oxford Account Usernamee.g.oucs1234
Your Oxford Account password
- Host Name:
Click on the
Loginbutton. You will now see a
Connecting to Remote Hostbox which will show various details as the program connects to your GNU/Linux account.
Once the connection has been successful the program interface will change to the following layout:
The left-hand panel shows your local files (on your own computer), the right-hand panel shows the contents of your home folder on the GNU/Linux server. The
.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:
Click on the
terminalbutton in the
A warning message will appear:
- You will now see a new connection being established.
Once connected you will see the terminal screen:
In the box marked
Enter Command, type
makeweblinksand press the
Closebutton to shut down the terminal window
In the right-hand panel you should now find two shortcuts to your web space,
public_html. You will not need to repeat this process again them unless you delete them from your folder .
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:
Clicking on your
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.
- Navigate to the file using the left hand panel in WinSCP
- Once found, select and drag one, or more, files across to the right hand panel and release into the appropriate web folder.
Copy Fileconfirmation alert will appear.
Click on the
Copybutton to transfer the file to your web space:
To delete a file from your web space:
- Select the file in the right hand panel by clicking on its name
<Delete>key on your keyboard.
You will see an alert message asking you to confirm the deletion:
OKto delete the file.
Quitting the program
To quit the program press
<F10>or press the
F10 Quitbutton near the bottom of the screen:
An alert box will appear asking you to confirm termination of your connection and to close the program. Click
OKto exit the program.