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Tunnelier, an alternative to WinSCP

If you are working with multiple LINUX and Windows machines at the same time, then there is a chance that you are using WinSCP. From its main page:

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

WinSCP provides the simplest tool to achieve secure file transferring, as it only consists of a single executable file! So why would I suggest an alternative to WinSCP?

On every deployment of our software (in the office), I use WinSCP to transfer files across several servers (some of the files can be up to 2 GB in size). It is a pain to transfer these big files. WinSCP somehow slows down my machine so much (high CPU usage) that I can’t use my computer for other tasks properly.

If you don’t believe me, try transferring a 3 GB file from your Windows machine to another server using WinSCP. Not to mention that it actually takes around 15-20 minutes to complete the task itself.

After searching for an alternative, I found BitVise Tunnelier as probably the best free alternative to WinSCP.

BitVise Tunnelier
Bitvise Tunnelier in action

Why BitVise Tunnelier is better than WinSCP:

  • Tunnelier is quicker than WinSCP when transferring a large file. It took Tunnelier 5 minutes compared to 15 minutes in WinSCP when transferring a 3 GB file.
  • Tunnelier has a lower CPU usage than WinSCP. I couldn’t feel any slowdown when using Tunnelier compared to WinSCP
  • Tunnelier also has xterm Terminals a la PuTTy.
  • It’s free, like WinSCP

If you require simplicity, WinSCP is still your best choice. However, BitVise Tunnelier proves that it can transfer large file quicker (saving you so much time, especially on a production/client environment) and has a very low overhead on the CPU usage.

Check out and Download BitVise Tunnelier!

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