I have question about FTP clients. Could anybody assist me with it? Which FTP client do you prefer and why?
Contrary to other opinions I'm not happy with Filezilla.
WinSCP is nice because of it's decent SFTP and SCP integration, and synchronised browsing. Also, it integrates with Pageant so I can login to all my server via my ssh keys.
Cyberduck is also full featured, but with quite an OS X interface. Nice is the support for Amazon S3 and CloudFiles cloudstorage services.
For command line ftp clients, there's a few options:
- ftp - The original FTP client. It works, but it's not the most friendly or featureful.
- lftp - Included by default on Red Hat based systems, it adds lots of useful features like tab completion for filenames/directories, and lots of other stuff.
- ncftp - Popular command line ftp client that also offers a 'visual' mode using the curses library.
- wget/curl - Not technically ftp clients, but they can handle ftp downloads. Handy for scripting and one-off pulls where you know the URL (although lftp and ncftp can also handle one-off ftp pulls).
For GUI clients there's dozens of options, but most people will just use their web browser, which has an ftp client built in, for convenience.
If you use Firefox, take a look at the FireFTP plugin. I love it.
Presumably the "best" ftp program would read your mind and get the file for you.
I like to use scp (in *nix or Cygwin) because it works like a copy command; there's no session where you have to log in, then change directory, then ask for the file, etc. Being secure is a bonus, if that matters to you.
I am a big fan of Core FTP. http://www.coreftp.com/
Note, this is non-commerical only for the free version, they do offer a paid version for around 24.95
I also believe it is Windows Only.
tnftp - small, yet comfortable. (Similar to NcFTP but without the annoying bits.)
I know most will frown on this as its better to have a dedicated client really
If I am being lazy and using a web browser (firefox) then i normally use fireftp which can just be used as a firefox tool
web based version like net2ftp if im on someone elses computer who dont normally do any ftp transfers
WinSCP is great when you need to secure access
Filezilla has the nicest support for multiple connections / protocols, though I wish the interface was a bit more customizable. I'd rather no local view, just a remote view within filezilla and drag/drop from my own explorer windows. As it stands right now, the only way I've found to hide the local view is to drag the separator to the far left, which isn't quite adequate.
Currently I use two for the majority of things I do:
- Filezilla as a general purpose FTP client (though there are some interesting alternatives with high very high levels of windows integraton).
- FTPSync link text - this is absolutely brilliant for keeping local and remote folders in Sync.
If you want a CLI, then lftp is hands down the winner in my opinion. It includes support for ftp, ftps, http, https, hftp, fish, sftp and file. More importantly it has good built-in scripting capabilities. You can easily automate sftp transfers using password authentication - something which is normally difficult to do without resorting to expert or something similar.
Yeah, define best... I don't use ftp that much, and when I do:
I use Internet Explorer internally because it's already on my PC and I can drag and drop files easily.
I use Firefox for most ftp downloading.
I use the command line ftp on windows as much as I use either of the others because it works fine for a couple files here and there and I can use it to get firefox if I don't have it for some reason.
I use "Auto FTP Manager". Auto FTP Manager moves files between any combination of FTP servers, PC folders, Android mobile devices and remote PCs. All the features are free to use. The automated and scheduled transfers are a breeze to setup. This product provides speed and security with SFTP and FTPS. Definitely better than Filezilla in experience.