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Best Free FTP Programs

by czar 7 December 2009 One Comment

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File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to exchange and manipulate files over an Internet Protocol computer network. Each browser ha s a build in FTP but with very basic functionality which is on mist cased unusable. That’s why most webmasters and semi-advanced users use FTP clients to transfer their files to and from web servers. Some of the most popular I will discuss below. I’ve installed and tested all FTP clients on Windows XP and Vista and added my editor’s rating (1 is low 5 is high) and also easy of use rating (1 is easy 5 is hard)


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FireFTP is a secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers. It’s been improved over the years and it now supports SFTP and  FXP.  It also includes functionality like directory comparison, syncing directories while navigating, SSL encryption, search/filtering, integrity checks, remote editing, drag & drop, file hashing, and more. Great piece of software but if you are not a Firefex fan will not be able to use it as it’s an add-on for FF. Many language specific versions are available at the developers web site at www.fireftp.mozdev.org/all.html

Operating system: Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista
File size:  582.9KB
Publisher web site: www.fireftp.mozdev.org
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of Use: 2
Very easy to use and set up. Lots of features, fast and reliable
Cons: Requires FireFox. 4 GB download limit

– Cross-platform: Works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
– Secure: SSL/TLS/SFTP support, same encryption used with online banking and shopping
– Synchronization: Keep directories in sync while navigating
– Directory Comparison: Compare directory content (compares subdirectories too!)
– International: Available in over 20 languages
– Character Set Support: UTF8 and just about any other character encoding supported
– Automatic reconnect and resuming of tranfers
– Search/Filtering
– Integrity Checks of transfers (XMD5, XSHA1)
– Export/Import accounts
– Remote Editing
– File Hashing: Generate hashes of files (MD5, various SHA’s)
– Drag & Drop
– File Compression: Using MODE Z
– Timestamp Synchronization
– Proxy support
– FXP support
– Advanced properties (CHMOD, recursive CHMOD, thumbnails)
– Tutorials and help files available for support
– IPv6 support
– Open Source!
– Seamless integration with Mozilla Firefox

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FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. It also supports Windows Mac and Linux. FileZilla is a very popular pice of software that has been translated to many languages. Find yours here – http://filezilla-project.org/translations.php. Portable version is also available at www.portableapps.com/apps/internet/filezilla_portable
Very easy to use based on a two-pane interface but very powerfull application preferd by many webmasters these days. Unfortunately it doesn’t support site to site transfer which comes handy sometimes when you don’t want to download and upload twice. I’ve been using FileZilla for many year and pretty happy with its performance.

Operating system: Windows 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Linux, Mac, FreeBSD
File size:  3.62MB
Publisher web site: www.filezilla-project.org
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of Use: 3
Very easy to set up and use. Lots of features, fast and reliable. Supports miltiple OSs. Supports many differnet languages. Includes site manager function
Cons: No site to site transfer.

– Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
– Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
– IPv6 support
– Available in many languages
– Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
– Tabbed user interface
– Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
– Bookmarks
– Drag & drop support
– Configurable transfer speed limits
– Filename filters
– Directory comparison
– Network configuration wizard
– Remote file editing
– Keep-alive
– HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
– Logging to file
– Synchronized directory browsing
– Remote file search.

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CoreFTP LE is a secure FTP client which gives you a fast, easy, reliable way to update and maintain your website via FTP.  It also provides a secure method (via SSL, TLS, or SFTP) to upload / download files to and from FTP servers. It supports features like SFTP (SSH), SSL, TLS, IDN, browser integration, site to site transfers, FTP transfer resume, drag and drop support, file viewing & editing, firewall support, custom commands, FTP URL parsing, command line transfers, filters, and much, much more! It has a nag screen on start-up which turned me down when I first saw the program. I use to have a website with extra security enabled and I had to wait 8 seconds to connect. A lot of FTP clients I tried were failing to connect but CoreFTP LE solved the problem and worlked every time

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.

Operating system: Windows2003, Vista, 95, Me, Server2008, NT, 7, XP, 2000, 98
File size:  3.4MB
Publisher web site: www.coreftp.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of Use: 3
Easy to use. Works for some tasks when other FTP programs are failing. Lots of features. on-screen real-time logging
Cons:  Nag Screens. Hard to navigate to different hard drives

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