I have a remote Windows 2008 machine and the task at hand is to share out parts of its filesystem via SFTP for a single user.

Were commercial software an option things would be easy but I want freeware.

After trying out several different candidates such as Core FTP Mini SFTP Server, SilverShield and freeFTPd none them really qualified - either connection issues, zero configurability or bugs.

Is there a free and stable SFTP server for Windows 2008 which works out of the box?


Another option would be to install OpenSSH using Cygwin. The attached instructions are for Windows XP/Vista but I don't see why they wouldn't work on Windows Server 2008.

Cygwin is a kind of middle layer that allows *nix software to be compiled and run on Windows without modification. It is extremely handy and brings a lot of other *nix goodness to Windows. Oh, yeah and Cygwin is open source and free.

  • Cygwin gives only source compatibility, not binary compatibility - I made an edit suggestion to your answer.
    – peterh
    Aug 27 '14 at 9:01

After spending a few hours on the World Wide Web, turns out the answer is yes.

Meet KpyM Telnet/SSH Server which is a free, open source telnet/ssh server for Windows.

Installation is a breeze and it runs as a service.

The only caveat is the requirement to grant explicit access rights to SFTP home folder - KpyM authentication relies on Windows user accounts.


Why not use the freeSSHd ? We have been using this for our server and it does the job for us. It is free and easy to setup.

The download page is here http://www.freesshd.com/?ctt=download

After you install it, check in your taskbar, the application should be running and the icon is hidden in the taskbar next to the clock.

  • It is worth noting that this server has a GUI for configuring the settings whereas the KpyM server only provides a command line interface (as far as I could tell). Oct 22 '14 at 4:07

This is a free SFTP server which runs on Windows 2008 and is free for private use, or trial:



You can try out Syncplify.me Server! as well. It's free for non commercial use, and your single user scenario fits the free license technical limitations.

And unlike Cygwin/OpenSSH solutions this one is Windows-native, as per your request.

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