Information Services Division


Accessing Research Data Storage through SSH on Windows

Recommended SSH Clients

We've tested a number of Windows SSH clients with our SSH service and recommend the following programs:

With Graphical User Interface (GUI)

  • Cyberduck - This is available for Windows and Mac OS X and contains support for other types of storage such as Amazon S3.
  • Core FTP - Our tests have shown that Core FTP (of which there is a free version) provides consistently greater transfer rates than any other Windows SSH client we have tried. Unfortunately the interface is not as intuitive as WinSCP so we only recommend this if you are reasonably confident with computers.
  • ExpanDrive (non-free) - Makes your project space appear as a "Network Drive", just like the UCL S: drive.


  • Putty - Is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix.
  • Cygwin - Is a collection of GNU and open source tools providing similar functionality to Linux.
  • MobaXterm - Is an enhanced terminal for Windows, providing many essential Unix commands into a single executable.

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