WinSCP — How to run shell commands


WinSCP offers a feature to execute some shell/SSH commands.

To use this feature, your user must be a SHELL user. In this article, the user has been set up as an SFTP user. Visit the following article which explains how to adjust your user to become a SHELL user:

  • Enabling Shell Access

WinSCP does not support commands that require terminal emulation or user input. If you require a fully-featured terminal, you may find PuTTY to be more useful.

Running a Shell command

  1. Select the Commands tab from the top menu.
  2. From the Commands dropdown, choose Open Terminal. The following window displays after selecting this:
  3. Click the OK button to proceed. The following window then appears
    • You will now be able to enter shell/SSH commands to execute on your remote server environment.
    • Enter shell/SSH commands in the 'Enter command' text field
    • Click the Execute button to run the command
    The following example shows the ls -la command along with its output after it runs:

See also

  • WinSCP — How to install
  • WinSCP — Uploading to your server
  • WinSCP — Connecting to your server
  • WinSCP — Creating sessions
  • WinSCP — Changing your preferences

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