Top Free FTP Client Software
Despite the rise of Cloud computing, for a massive number of companies and web designers, old fashioned File Transfer Protocol (FTP) remains the easiest most reliable way to upload files to the Internet. That being said, times have moved on and it is no longer necessary to pay for an FTP client when there is a range of top free FTP client software available to assist you in uploading web pages and files. The tools available range from simple FTP apps to feature-rich more complicated tools. Below are our top five free FTP client picks for Windows and Mac users to choose from.
Filezilla is the top solution for those searching for a free FTP client. It is available for a number of platforms including Windows, OSX and Linux and has a simple two-paned window site manager, making it exceptionally easy to transfer files to corresponding folders via drag-and-drop. The package includes loads of features such as support for FTP, FTP over an SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). It does not support site-to-site transfers but that is hardly a concern of most users. The client supports resume and files over 4GB and added to this, setting up your transfers is simply done and you can be hooked up to your host in just a few clicks.
Cyberduck is an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and Amazon S3 browser, which comes with a simple-to-use dashboard and provides integration with external editors and support for a variety of Mac programs including Spotlight and Keychain. Linking to the online host is doen in a couple of clicks and files can then be dragged and dropped into the appropriate folder on the server to upload. The lack of a split-screen can make file transfers a little more complicated as you have to leave the window to drag the new file back in to drop it. The program struggles on both Windows and Mac when uploading a large quantity of multiple files, but for smaller file transfers it functions seamlessly. This seemed to be an issue n both FTP and SFTP transfers.
If you don’t fancy using a standalone app and use Mozilla Firefox, or are looking for a reason to switch to Firefox then Fire FTP is a top pick, featuring SSL/TLS/SFTP support, directory comparison in a two-paned window, and support for nearly all encoding. The add-on additionally supports search/filtering, integrity checks, remote editing, drag & drop, file hashing, and more. With all these features and the ability to sync your directories while navigating, Fire FTP meets the requirements of most users looking for a simple-to-use free FTP client.
CoffeeCup Free FTP is designed with simplicity in mind, with the interface featuring a two-paned window for easy and quick drag-and-drop file transfers. Additional features include the ability to have multiple server profiles and the ability to transfer in transfer files in binary, ASCII, or auto mode. The app’s unique Bookmarks tool, allows you to save both sever and local information to increase the simplicity of transferring files to specific directories.
Core FTP is a lite version of an extended premium product, which subjects the user to annoying upgrade screens on start-up. However if you want to log onto a site which is causing problems for other FTP clients then this could be the free FTP client for you. It has a massive array of features including HIPAA compliance, SFTP/ SSH, SSL/ TLS, FTP/ HTTP/ SOCKS proxy, IDN, drag ‘n drop, site manager, session manager, queue manager, custom screens, bandwidthcontrol, caching, auto-transfer, retry/resume, auto-reconnect options, auto S/key, remote file-searching, advanced directory listings, start/stop/resume of transfers, full recursive chmod, browser integration, site to site transfers, file viewing and editing, firewall support, custom commands, FTP URL parsing, command line transfers, filters. Hopefully that exhaustive list should be enough for most users, although if not there is always the option to upgrade to the paid version.
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