How to use SFTP in Windows? And its Benefits.

SFTP is secure file transfer protocol used to transfer files, it runs on SSH port 22. SFTP works as SSH packaged software tool in secure connection. It was designed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as an extension of the Secure Shell protocol (SSH) version 2.0 to provide secure file transfer capabilities.

SFTP has now replaced legacy FTP as a file transfer protocol, and is quickly replacing FTP/S (FTP over SSL). It provides all the functionality offered by these protocols, but more securely and more reliably, with easier configuration. There is basically no reason to use the legacy protocols any more.

SFTP Clients for Windows

Basically windows is not designed to use SSH without any other packaged software or tool. As SFTP comes bundled with SSH , so you can use below given SFTP/SSH software in Windows.

  • WinSCP
  • FileZilla
  • Tectia SSH Client
  • OpenSSH


You can download and install anyone of these in order to use SFTP for file transfers.


SFTP Server for Windows:

If you need to use one dedicated system as SFTP server for all the file transfers, you can install one of below software to make use of the same.

  • Tectia SSH Server
  • Filezilla
  • Open SSH


Benefits of SFTP over FTP & FTP/S
  • SFTP connection works over SSH and remains always secured.
  • SFTP protects from middle man attacks and password sniffing.
  • SSH keys can also be used to authenticate SFTP connections, which is more secure form than basic username password authentication.
  • SFTP ensures the safe transfer of files by encrypting valuable data and commands.

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