How to Recover Saved Passwords in WinSCP

How to Recover Saved Passwords in WinSCP

This research article exposes the password secrets of WinSCP, one of the popular FTP client. It shows all technical details including where all your FTP passwords are stored, how it is stored and how to recover it automatically.

WinSCP Password Secrets

WinSCP stores all your FTP login passwords at following Registry location

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Martin Prikryl\Winscp 2\sessions

Below this Registry location, separate registry key is created for each FTP server configuration.

Here is the sample of exported Registry entry for one of FTP server configuration,

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Martin Prikryl\WinSCP 2\Sessions\]

Here “HostName”, “UserName” & “Password” registry values refers to FTP server, username & encrypted password respectively.

WinSCP uses proprietary encoding algorithm to encrypt the FTP password using magic char (0xA3).

How to Recover WinSCP Passwords Automatically

Here is simple way to recover all your WinSCP FTP passwords without worrying about where it is stored and how to decrypt it.

You can use our FTP Password Recovery Pro software to instantly & easily recover all your saved FTP login passwords from WinSCP as shown in video below,

Here are the simple steps to recover all your saved passwords,

  • Step 1: Download & Install FTP Password Recovery Pro from here
  • Step 2: Next launch the software on your computer
  • Step 3: It will automatically discover, decrypt and display all the saved FTP passwords as shown below
It can also recover FTP passwords from custom profile locations, portable FTP clients & external drives

For more details, please refer to Online User Guide


Hope this article has helped you to understand password secrets of WinSCP. Please comment below on what do you think or if you have any queries.



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