I am trying to use WinSCP to automate some basic FTP tasks so I have downloaded and setup the latest WinSCP 5.7.7 however I keep getting the following error when trying to execute the .bat with the script I have created. I am running Windows 10 Pro 1511

Error I get from running the .bat file.

Unknown command 'winscp.com'.


winscp.com /script="C:\AutoRun\ftp-script.txt" 



winscp.com /log=ftp.log /command ^ 
    "open ftp://user:pass@url.com/" ^ 
    "put -latest C:\Users\Dan\Documents\Test\* / 
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    Either use the full path to winscp.com or add the appropriate directory to the system PATH. – DavidPostill Jun 8 '16 at 11:31
  • @DavidPostill The "Unknown command" in WinSCP error message. It's not the Windows "'winscp.com' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file." error message. – Martin Prikryl Jun 8 '16 at 11:57
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You are trying to run winscp.com from winscp.com. WinSCP obviously not recognizes the winscp.com as its command.

Your ftp-script.txt is not a WinSCP script, it's actually a Windows batch file.

  • Delete your ftp.bat.
  • Rename the ftp-script.txt to ftp.bat.
  • Append pause to its end.
  • And run it.

Then you will hit second issue, that you are missing a double-quote and a caret after the put -latest C:\Users\Dan\Documents\Test\* /:

winscp.com /log=ftp.log /command ^ 
    "open ftp://user:pass@url.com/" ^ 
    "put -latest C:\Users\Dan\Documents\Test\* /" ^

Then you will hit third issue, that the -latest switch is supported by the WinSCP 5.8.x only, not by 5.7.7 (the latest 5.8.3 in release candidate).

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