WinSCP — How to run shell commands

WinSCP offers a feature named 'Remote Command' to execute some shell/SSH commands.

To use the 'Remote Command' 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:

  1. To enter 'Remote Command', select the 'Commands' tab from the top menu.
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  2. From the 'Commands' dropdown, choose 'Open Terminal'.
    The following window displays after selecting this:
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  3. Click the OK button to proceed.
    The following window then appears
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    • 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:
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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.

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