WS_FTP Professional

Supported Product

Ipswitch's WS_FTP Professional is the supported and recommended FTP client for Windows file transfers. WS_FTP Professional has a graphical interface for FTP that lets you log onto any host running an FTP server to download software. WS_FTP Professional can be used for authenticated or anonymous FTP, supports SFTP, and comes configured with a list of FTP sites of interest to Windows users.

The University transitioned its supported and recommended FTP client for Windows from FileZilla to WS_FTP Professional in FY2011. Support for FileZilla 3.3.x ended in FY2012.

Windows compatibility

WS_FTP Professional versions 12.2 and above function correctly in Windows 7 and Windows 8.


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Configuring WS_FTP Professional for SFTP

Follow the steps below to configure SFTP transfers with WS_FTP Professional to

  1. Launch WS_FTP Professional.
  2. From the Connections menu, choose New Connection... The Connection Wizard dialog box appears.
  3. In the Site Name: field, enter an appropriate name for your connection (such as, then click Next.
  4. In the Connection Type: dropdown menu, choose SFTP/SSH, then click Next.
  5. In the Server Address: field, type, then click Next.
  6. In the User Name: field, enter your account name, usually the same as your PennKey username
  7. In the Password: field, enter your password on (Set your local password)
  8. Click Next, then click Advanced... The Site Options dialog box appears.
  9. Click Startup on the left sidebar. For the Remote site folder, enter the directory to which you have access (for example
    /usr/local/ftp/html/directoryname or
    /usr/local/ftp/[virtualhostname]/html/directoryname if you use a virtual host on Click OK.
  10. Click Finish to complete the profile.


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Date Posted: March 25, 2013 Tags: Provider Resource, Supported Product, FTP

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