In Windows you can make connections to FTP clients, but when it comes to connecting to an SFTP server you’ll need to turn to a third-party application. Swish tries to bring the missing SFTP integration to Windows Explorer with a fast and free download.
Here are the features and how it works:
- Seamless integration with Windows Explorer
- Vista/Windows 7: Open Computer. Double-click on the Swish icon. Click the Add SFTP Connection button. Complete the details in the dialogue and click OK. You should see a new connection appear in the Explorer Window which you can double-click to access.
- Windows 98/2000/XP: Open My Computer. Double-click on the Swish icon. Select Tools from the menu bar and then Add SFTP Connection. Complete the details in the dialogue and click OK. You should see a new connection appear in the Explorer Window which you can double-click to access.
- Drag-and-drop transfer to and from an SFTP server
- Password authentication
- Keyboard-interactive authentication
- Host-key verification
- Cached connections
- File management: renaming, deletion etc.
- 32 and 64 bit support
The only downside I saw with this app is that the full Windows Explorer context menu is not at your disposal. When you right-click on a file you’ll see a minimal set of actions you can take on a file, which makes sense considering the files aren’t located on your machine, but it would have been nice to have the full context menu available.
Swish SFTP for Windows Explorer (Windows only; Freeware)