What's your favourite FTP client?

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I'm working on an article for beginners about web development software. I'd like to include some recommendations for FTP clients to try. I don't normally use FTP if I can help it (prefer to connect directly through natulius). For those of you who use FTP software, what is your favourite client and why?

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There used to be a firefox extension called FireFTP, which was what I used. It was great cause it meant I didn't have to open another program to do my FTPing.

Lately though, I've been using (Win)SCP for my file transfer needs.

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I have been looking looking around for this kind of information.

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Renegade wrote:
There used to be a firefox extension called FireFTP...

Used to be? I used FireFTP just an hour ago. And very good it is too!

I can recommend it 100%

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I use CuteFTP Pro, just because I bought it years ago, however for not on my own system, I use FileZilla, very robust and all the basic features you can want.

CuteFTP does offer more features, but it isn't free. It does offer having more than one connection open at the same time, allow you to edit text files (both local and remote) right in the program, tons of features like automated syncing of local/remote and many more, but to be honest, for a beginner, will probably be overkill

I know back in the day (13 years ago) WS-FTP was the biggie at the time, it's interface is what lead me to go find CuteFTP though.

-Greg

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I use WinSCP too. It has a drag and drop interface and let's you chmod files and directories (what FTP client doesn't?). It also sports direct text editing. But more importantly (but probably not so useful for beginners) it lets you use SFTP, SCP and regular ol' FTP.

I used Filezilla for a long time. But I switched to WinSCP when I started needing SFTP.

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Hi!

My self ashish bhatnagar. i am new on this forum. I am very happy to see that you guys are making good technical discussion on this forum.

I also use WinSCP for uploading.It ias full with great features it has a facility to SFTP,SCP and FTP.

In beginning i use cute ftp but i stop using it because his transfer speed is very slow. Now WinSCP is my favorite FTP client.

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In Windows, I use Filezilla for FTP or WinSCP for ssh transfers.

In Linux, I use the native Nautilus window.

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I also use the WinSCP because it is free and it support both SFTP and SCP protocols.

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I use filezilla which is the best and free

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filezilla and there is even a portable version which is very usefull.

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On the Mac side, Cyberduck is a popular one. There's also ftpfs, which depends on MacFUSE and lets you treat FTP sites as mountable filesystems. MacFUSE is based on the Linux FUSE package. FUSE and MacFUSE provide support for all kinds of interesting filesystems, such as sshfs, GrabFS (screenshots as filesystem), NTFS-3G (writable NTFS on Linux and OS X), ZFS, btfs (basic bluetooth functionality as a filesystem), WikipediaFS (yeah, you heard me), tagfs (a media filesystem using tags as pathnames), YouTubeFS, MySQLfs and SQLFS-Fuse. Not that many of those are beyond alpha.
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IPSWITCH WS_FTP 12

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I would suggest the filezilla since it is free and open source

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hiiii

On the Mac side, Cyberduck is a popular one. There's also ftpfs, which depends on MacFUSE and lets you treat FTP sites as mountable filesystems. MacFUSE is based on the Linux FUSE package. FUSE and MacFUSE provide support for all kinds of interesting filesystems, such as sshfs, GrabFS (screenshots as filesystem), NTFS-3G (writable NTFS on Linux and OS X), ZFS, btfs (basic bluetooth functionality as a filesystem), WikipediaFS (yeah, you heard me), tagfs (a media filesystem using tags as pathnames), YouTubeFS, MySQLfs and SQLFS-Fuse. Not that many of those are beyond alpha.

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I use Filezilla.

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FileZilla is my favorite ftp client, I am using it from over 4 years now

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Filezilla! nothing beats

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Lately though, I've been using (Win)SCP for my file transfer needs.

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FireFTP maybe is better.

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I use filezilla too

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Filezilla is the only one I am using from long time.

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I use filezilla too. WinSCP for ssh transfers

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I use WinSCP too. It has a drag and drop interface and let's you chmod files and directories (what FTP client doesn't?). It also sports direct text editing. But more importantly (but probably not so useful for beginners) it lets you use SFTP, SCP and regular ol' FTP.

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I think file zilla is best, i am using since 4 years. and found it most user friendly.

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Filezilla, using it for 6 years, never had problems.

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its filezilla for me Smiling

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Filezilla for me too! Smiling

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fireftp and filezilla .. but I prefer fireftp for quick working in browser only
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FileZilla all the way.
I used to be a big FireFTP fan, but since the move from Firefox to Chrome for speed I have moved to FileZilla and not looked back

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I tend to find that open source stuff is always the best, and so agree with everyone saying FileZilla.

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I got 2 favorite FTP clients. The first one is the much popular Filezilla which is very light & fast & the second one is Ipswitch FTP client. I hope you guys might have heard about the later one.

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I always use FileZilla Smiling
It fast.. and easy to use...
It has helped me a lot in transfer my file..

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I use dreamweaver to coding and uploading.

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I use filezilla.

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FileZilla always does well for me

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Megan wrote:
I'm working on an article for beginners about web development software. I'd like to include some recommendations for FTP clients to try. I don't normally use FTP if I can help it (prefer to connect directly through natulius). For those of you who use FTP software, what is your favourite client and why?Good responses may be quoted in the article!

Hi Megan,
My Favourite FTP client software is FileZilla. I am using this software since 2006 and till now I have never used any other software as I am fully satisfied with this software. The software is free to use but it has many rich features, you should try this software.
Thanks.

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Filezilla manchmal auch TotalCommander

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Mine i would have to say would be Filezilla Its very easy to use a like it a lot

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File zilla is too good. I always use it.

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I use filezile , its a great FTP tool and very easy to use

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Hello.

Total Commander

If you need pause-resume then CuteFTP.

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I have used filezilla on windows. it is light weight and has a lot of stuff built in... and its free

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WinScp is very good. It is SFTP, S=secure.

It is free.

Filezilla records your unencrypted pasword on a file somewhere, which makes it,
apparently, rather unsafe.

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Do you know this website ?How to check it which country is the website?
Urgent.... urgent.... urgent.......

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From the Mac side is a popular Cyberduck. It is also dependent on ftpfs MacFUSE and you can handle FTP sites as a mountable file system. MacFUSE is based on Linux FUSE package. FUSE and MacFUSE support all kinds of file systems like sshfs exciting, GrabFS,yeah NTFS-3G, ZFS, BTF, WikipediaFS, tagfs YouTubeFS, and MySQLfs SQLFS-Fuse. Not that many of them are out of alpha.

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If you want to know where a website is hosted Peter,
Flagfox for Firefox is a good tool I believe

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what does FTP client do for our site?

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Another one for FileZilla! Laughing out loud

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I also use FileZilla, it has all the basic features and very effective also.

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I had been using FileZilla, and I thought it was good. So I got a new computer. Just for fun, I installed FireFTP as an add-on for Firefox to less than 1 MB, accessible from the browser, and could not see much difference.

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I use filezilla too and i would like to recommend filezilla

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I have been using cuteFTP but its not free so I switched over to FileZilla and quite happy with it.

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FileZilla Client works great for me. I also use their livezilla for customer support. What's amazing its free.

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I will vote for FileZilla FTP client and WS_FTP pro

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i was using core ftp a free tool but i have switched on to cuteFtp now

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I was always using Filezilla for a few years.
But now I discovered the FTP mode of windows 7.
You can add your hosting drive to your My Computer folder.
Has anyone tried this?

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Filezilla is the only way!!! I use it almost every day and it helps so much, very easy and simple to use. Make file transfers and uploading extremely easy.

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Thanks...been looking looking around for this kind of information.

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I have been using now a days cuteFTP client

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FileZilla all the way I move from Firefox to Chrome for speed. I have moved FileZilla.

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The very first FTP client I came across is Filezilla and am now still using it.

Like bluechillisa said, it is easy to use. I am not from IT background but I can use without issue Smiling

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I use cuteFTP because is fast and has many options, and you can also edit files and do the coding online.

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Personally I use Filezilla, it's straight forward to use, no messing about, I do use fireftp for firefox on occasions though, but Filezilla still seems a bit more straight forward to use.

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I use FTP by cpanel Smiling

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I did not had to choose as I was using Total Commander for quite some time.
When the moment arrived, to use a FTP client, ... there was no choise there Smiling

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I like CuteFTP

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Hi, I like Cute FTP because no need to watch or read tutorial just get started with it.

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I think most of the people here are like me using Filezilla, I am also using fireftp iphone application.

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From the start I'm using Filezilla. I never tested others. Filezilla provides all my needs and I think it is the best FTP client in the world.

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Also, Filezilla is my favorite ftp client, I have always used. I also like the fact that I can easily compare, based on size, differences between my remote directory and the servers.

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Filezilla and FireFTP both are the best.

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I ever use FileZilla. It is very fast, reliable. You can save your hosting accounts in site manger also. Then you can open any website ftp with a single click. It is a time saving client.

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I use CuteFTP Pro, just because I bought it years ago, however for not on my own system, I use FileZilla, very robust and all the basic features you can want.

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FileZilla is enough for me Smiling

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FileZilla is great because it is free and frequently updated. However I used to and still use FlashFXP, it is a paid for software with a trail, but I like the fact I can FXP (File eXchange Protocol) between servers, wich is great when I want to send files from server to server.

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Serg wrote:
I like the fact I can FXP (File eXchange Protocol) between servers, wich is great when I want to send files from server to server.

Interesting, I had never heard of that. I just checked CuteFTP to see if it has it and it does, so going to give that a try.

Normally for server to server, I just use rsync.

-Greg

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FileZilla is perfect for me because it is fast, free and most importantly, cross-platform FTP client.

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I used to use IPswitch, which is great, but I learned about FileZilla from a friend, which essentially does the same things for free. Needless to say, I switched over to FileZilla. It works great on both PC and Mac. You can have multiple connections active at once in separate tabs, which is convenient for me, when I'm going back and forth between multiple projects.

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I used to use WS_FTP a lot, then CuteFTP and I liked it a lot, but since it's shareware I got tired of it. File Zilla is what I use right now, it's free and awesome. I even use it to transfer files to my Android's SD card via WiFi.

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I use Filezilla...

Your FTP client uploads and Download speeds do not matter what client you use its all about what provider you use. That is where the speed matters because if you have Comcast residentual service your getting a 1.0 - 2.0 mb upload depending on your area and on a business your getting between 2.3 - 3.5 mb up. Now as for DL you always get the best speed from a Comcast Business with unlimited up and Down.

So it all just depends on your service provider to be honest........

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Just recently started uploading sites through Filezilla, it seems to be pretty easy to deal with and contains some advance setting which really helps to upload files in quick time.

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I always use cuteFTP, it has been the only server i have used. so far no problems whatsoever

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I am used to “WS_FTP” so not bothered about the other options at all.

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