File Transfer Protocol, or FTP for short, is the standard way for people to upload and download files to their host. FTP clients are very simple to use. After entering your website information, you simply select the files you want to upload and drag them to your online folder.
The Fantastico script library has allowed millions of people to create websites without ever needing to use an FTP client or access a database. All they need to do is click on a button to install a script such as WordPress and Fantastico will take care of the rest. I still prefer to always upload and download files using FTP. It is a much quicker way to handle file management and I prefer to have full control over what is happening.
In this article I would like to share with you 75 FTP clients that you can use to transfer files online. The initial list supports multiple formats including Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix. Later, I have listed FTP clients that are exclusive to Mac, Windows and Linux. I hope you find it useful :)
- Applications are listed in no particular order.
- The majority of premium FTP clients offer a free trial to let you test the application.
- Most FTP clients have dozens and dozens of features. I have attempted to note the features that set the application apart from others.
Multi-Platform: Mac, Windows & Linux
My personal choice for uploading and downloading files on the internet. FileZilla is very easy to use and has everything you need for uploading and downloading files on the internet. My main computer back in the UK is a Mac, however I use a Windows laptop when I'm travelling. FileZilla allows me to export my website profiles from one computer to the other, which saves me from having to enter all my connection details again for all my websites. It is also available for Linux.
Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, SecureFX is a premium FTP solution that places emphasis on security. It supports five key protocols.
Price: Free for Personal Users / $30 for Commercial Users
A java based FTP client that is free for non-commercial usage. It features command line scripting and has multi-language support. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix.
An FTP client that can also be used to connect to cloud storage services such as Amazon S3, CDN CloudFront and Google Cloud Storage. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix.
A reliable FTP client that features hidden file support and remote mirroring. Profiles can be imported from other FTP clients such as CuteFTP, WS_FTP and FTP Explorer. Available for Mac and Windows.
Price: $59.99 (Windows) / $39.99 (Mac)
A popular FTP client that is available for Windows and Mac. The Windows version has a lot of features that the Mac version does not such as bandwidth throttle, backups and an integrated editor.
Price: Free for Personal Users / $19.99 for Commercial Users
An easy to use FTP client that allows you to synchronise your local folders with your online files. It is available for Windows and Mac.
A free FTP client that is packed full of features. It allows you to edit files with your own text editor, has a great bookmarking system and offers support for connections to cloud storage services and content delivery networks. It is available for Mac and Windows.
A basic FTP application that is available for Mac and Windows. It is designed to be used through portable storage as well, with a full installation being less than 1mb in size.
10. NcFTP Client
One of the oldest FTP clients that can be found on the internet, being actively used by UNIX users since 1991. It is a command-line driven client, therefore it is better suited to advanced users. It is also available for Mac and Windows,
An automated FTP client that lets you sync files from your computer with your host. Over 1,000 tasks can be scheduled daily. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix.
A Java based FTP client. It professes to be a true universal application as it is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix. It can also be used on any platform that supports a Java Runtime Environment.
13. Beyond Compare
An interesting FTP application that highlights the differences between files and folders on your computer against those on your host. You can then decide whether to merge the changes, sync the files or disregard one particular version. Text files can be viewed and edited and Word and PDF documents can be compared. It is available for Windows and Linux.
A great application that allows remote directories to be accessed through your computer as if they are a USB drive. This means FTP connections, cloud storage services and more can stay connected at all times. It is available for Mac and Windows.
A free FTP client that works on Windows, Linux and Unix. It offers file previews, an audio player and one-click gzip compression and decompression.
16. Speed Download
Price: $20 (Lite) / $25 (Regular)
A download manager that comes with a built-in FTP client. It has basic FTP features such as auto-resuming and secure socket layer (SSL) support.
A feature rich FTP solution that features task scheduling, folder synchronisation, and the ability to view files in a web browser.
A beautiful FTP client that lets you edit files on your server using your preferred editor. Files can be uploaded rapidly using droplets (small apps) without even loading up Flow.
An FTP solution that boasts super fast downloading and uploading speeds. It allows you to connect to cloud storage services and any connection can be saved locally as a drive.
A secure FTP application that features image previews, directory histories and editing files through your preferred text editor.
An advanced file manager and FTP client that supports connections to cloud storage services such as Amazon S3. It features remote file editing, folder synchronisation, terminal access and much more.
Released in 1993, Interarchy allows you to execute code directly on a server without first downloading it. It also features folder synchronisation, plugin support and the ability to connect cloud storage services.
23. Yummy FTP
A powerful FTP client that offers scheduling, remote file editing, folder synchronisation and recovery of failed uploads. Yummy FTP “Lite”, a version which is a basic version of the full script, is available for only $1.99.
24. Captain FTP
A secure FTP client that features folder synchronisation. Large files can be transferred quicker with the help of accelerated downloads. A version is also available for iPad.
A good FTP client that has many great features such as file previewing and folder synchronisation. One of the few FTP clients exclusive to Mac that is free to download.
26. FTP Client
A professional looking FTP client that features remote file editing through your preferred editor, Mac drople apps and folder syncing.
An advanced FTP client that features task automation, commenting, labels and more. It supports many protocols and allows you to preview your online files before downloading them.
A free FTP client that comes with a bandwidth manager for managing your transfer speeds. This is something users with slow connections may find useful.
BatchFTP is a solid FTP solution that allows you to change packet sizes in order to optimise your bandwidth. One of its biggest selling points is automated backup system which backs up your files directly to your local computer.
A high performance FTP client that support for over 20 languages, a remote file editor and speed limiting for those with low bandwidth. The application can be protected by a password for additional security.
AnyConnect is a free FTP client that also features SSH and Telnet terminal connections. It does not have any advanced FTP features.
WinSCP supports multiple protocols and folder synchronisation. Unfortunately, syncing features can only be set up by entering script commands.
33. Null FTP Client
A useful FTP client that pays attention to how you use the application so that you spend less time setting things up next time. One of the only FTP applications that allows you to use your own custom skin.
Price: FREE / $24.95 for Standard / $39.95 for Pro
A free FTP client that features .htaccess & .htpasswd editing, remote file and folder searching, and Command line support. Premium versions of the script are available with more features.
TurboFTP is a popular FTP client that has many great features such as file synchronisation and backup, task scheduling, and on the fly compressing and decompressing of files. It can also handle large file transfers.
A good FTP client that supports connections to cloud storage services. Files and folders can be synced and backed up to your computer and it has full support for Windows 8.
LeapFTP features many useful security tools such as password support and 256-bit encryption. It can also display a graph of your transfer speed and files can be searched remotely.
38. FTP Now
A lightweight FTP solution that only requires 2MB of storage and 16MB of RAM to operate. It has a Windows look and feel. This is obvious when transferring files as the standard Windows transfer windows appear (e.g. the windows which say copying and show you files transferring to their location).
39. FTP Desktop
FTP Desktop is a unique FTP program that lets you access remote folders and files as if they were on your own computer. A good option for those of you who do not like the standard split-panel transfer system.
A simple looking FTP client for Windows that supports large file transfers.
41. FTPShell Client
A free FTP client that supports task scheduling and features an integrated file editor. It can also automatically unzip files on download and zip them for upload.
42. Free FTP
Released by CoffeeCup.com, Free FTP is one of the best free FTP clients available to Windows users. It boasts bookmarking, fast transfers and remote file editing.
43. Direct FTP
Direct FTP is CoffeeCup.com's advanced FTP client. It is one of the best looking FTP clients available online. In addition to everything Free FTP can do, it also allows you to open and edit images remotely and a professional built-in text editor for modifying files. Bookmarking functionality allows you to save your location on your computer and your server.
A functional FTP solution that features folder and file synchronisation and command line control. The transfer of files that were not transferred correctly because of a poor connection can be automatically reuploaded.
45. Directory Opus
Price: $49 AUD (Light) / $89 AUD (Pro)
A professional file management and FTP solution that supports Windows 8. It has a beautiful user interface and support for many archive formats.
46. AceFTP Pro
A powerful FTP client that offers lots of information on your current transfers. Transfers can be scheduled on a regular basis and files can be previewed remotely.
A free FTP client for Windows that allows files to be transferred from one server to another. Several protocols are supported: FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS and WebDAV.
48. FTP Voyager
FTP Voyager features folder syncing, scheduled transfers and multiple protocol support. It also features bandwidth throttling, transfer compression and remote image thumbnails.
A beautifully designed FTP solution that has support for Windows Azure, Amazon S3, Dropbox, SkyDrive and more. It also boasts many great bookmarking features.
50. Fresh FTP
A free FTP client that offers password protection and folder and file synchronisation. It can also work with AntiVirus software to scan downloaded files.
51. FTP Commander
Price: $29.95 (Pro) / $49.95 (Deluxe)
FTP Commander offers folder and file synchronization, task scheduling and automated backups. Remote files can also be edited through your preferred text editor.
Price: Free / $50 (Professional) / $95 (Premium)
The free version of AutoFTP offers basic FTP functionality, however it does not support Windows 7. The professional version features task scheduling whilst the more expensive premium version also offers encryption, zipping and unzipping functionality.
A free FTP client that offers additional features such as download manager and a peer to peer client.
A reliable FTP client that comes with a built-in HTML editor for editing files. Files can be previewed remotely and there is a task scheduler too.
A secure FTP client that automates file transfers and tasks. It is used by many large companies and institutions.
56. Total Commander
A file manager and FTP client that works with every version of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows 8. It allows you to compare files and files can be transferred from one server to another.
3D-FTP is a secure FTP client that offers remote file editing, folder synchronisation and task scheduling. It also offers bookmarking and selectable themes for customising the look of the application.
58. BatchSync FTP
Price: $399 (BatchSync FTP) / $599 (BatchSync Secure FTPS/SFTP)
From the makers of 3D-FTP, BatchSync FTP is a fast FTP client that allows you to schedule backups, file and folder synchronisation, transfer speed limiting, task scheduling and on-the-fly file compression.
59. InstantSync FTP
Price: $69 (InstantSync FTP) / $99 (InstantSync Secure FTPS/SFTP)
Another FTP client from the developers of 3D-FTP. InstantSync FTP offers folder syncing, task scheduling and automatic reconnects.
60. WS_FTP LE
A user-friendly FTP client that offers quick search, image previews and single-click transfers.
A simple FTP client that allows the transfer of files larger than 4GB in size. Make sure you add the free serial number (KNR5-S4FS-5264-CNP6) to the application to register the product.
62. FTP Explorer
A basic FTP client that lacks the advanced features that most other premium FTP clients have.
63. FTP Rush
FTP Rush is a powerful FTP client that supports all major protocols. Local folders can be synced to your host and files can be transferred automatically from one server to another.
A reliable FTP client from Christian Eide that supports bookmarking, password protection and connection recovery.
A free FTP client that works with any UNIX based machine. It allows you to transfer files from one server to another and offers bookmarking for saving profiles.
An advanced file manager for KDE that offers a FTP client, PDF viewer, text editor, document editor and more.
A python-based FTP client that has an interface inspired by LeechFTP, an abandoned FTP client that I used for many years myself. It offers site management, transfer queuing and remote directory caching.
A free FTP client written in c++. It features a bookmarking system and the ability to transfer files from one server to another.
Midnight Commander is a text-based file manager that includes an internal editor with syntax highlighting.
AnyClient also offer a free multi-platform FTP client, however it is there web based FTP client that many people know them for. It offers 256-bit encryption and supports connections to cloud storage services such as Amazon S3.
A user-friendly web-based FTP client that allows you to edit remote files using a WYSIWYG editor. It also allows you to unzip files and transfer files and folders from one server to another.
A simple web-based FTP client that can unzip the contents of a zip file after uploading. Multiple folders and files can be downloaded as a zip file too.
A free web-based service that offers basic FTP functionality. It is fairly limited compared to the other web-based FTP solutions.
As the name suggests, JavaFTP is loaded within your browser using a Java plugin. It only supports basic FTP operations.
I hope you found this list of FTP clients useful. As you have seen, the functionality between FTP clients varies greatly, with some free applications offering more than their premium alternatives. They all boast different features so it really comes down to what operating system you are using and what functionality you need.