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How to recover password stored in WinSCP session

If you forgotten a password for a server but you can still connect with WinSCP, which has the password saved. “Saved passwords are stored in a manner that they can easily be recovered.” (

You can recover password stored in WinSCP Session with the following steps :

1. See Log passwords and other sensitive information preference option. Then inspect the session log file to find the stored password. Open your WinSCP than tools>preferenses>logging

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2. Check the box like the picture

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3. Please try login to your server to create a session log.
4. Open the session log file by click date modified to get a new temp file.

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5. Open the file with notepad, Than you can see your password stored 🙂

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That’s why you should NEVER store your password to WinSCP session without using master password. Read more about security of stored credentials.

Remember, once you recover your password, change it to a new one, and DO NOT store it again!
If you want to continue storing your password, protect it by master password.

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