How to Use a WinSCP Fingerprint Command

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How to Use a WinSCP Fingerprint Command
Unlike most SSH client programs, WinSCP uses a graphical user interface. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The WinSCP program is a full featured SSH, or Secure Shell, Microsoft Windows client that can connect to SSH-enabled devices over a network through a graphical user interface that enables the user to browse the remote device file system and perform common administrative operations. When a WinSCP connection is attempted, WinSCP asks for user approval before establishing an SSH connection if the host encryption key on the device to which a connection is attempted is not recognised by WinSCP. Use the "hostkey" command line option to specify the remote SSH device "fingerprint" to avoid "fingerprint" confirmation when connecting to a remote device.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Windows 7 computer with WinSCP installed
  • Host key or "fingerprint" of a remote SSH device
  • Encryption type used for the remote SSH device "fingerprint"
  • IP address of the remote SSH device
  • Account that has permissions to connect to the remote SSH device using the SSH protocol

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click "Start," type "winscp.exe" in the search box and press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Right-click on the "WinSCP" icon that appears in the left pane and click "Properties" in the menu that appears. Note the path to the "winscp.exe" file displayed next to the "Location" label.

  3. 3

    Click "Start," type "cmd" in the search box and press "Enter." The command line window appears.

  4. 4

    Type "cd c:\path_to_winscp\" at the command prompt, replacing "c:\path_to_winscp\" with the path to the winscp.exe file from Step 2, and press the "Enter" key.

  5. 5

    Type "winscp.exe scp://my_account@device_IP_address /hostkey="ssh-rsa 1024 aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa" -- replace "my_account" with the name of the account you wish to use to log in to the remote SSH device; replace "device_IP_address" with the IP address of the remote SSH device; replace "ssh-rsa 1024" with the encryption type used for the "fingerprint"; and replace "aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa" with the fingerprint of the remote SSH device to which you are connecting. Press the "Enter" key to connect to the remote SSH device.

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