Free FTP and Secure FTP (SFTP) Clients
Programs / software for uploading / downloading as well as download managers
Free FTP Clients, Secure FTP (SFTP) Programs
This page lists some free FTP programs (clients) that you can use to upload your website and files as well as download files and web pages. There are a few here that are also designed to be download managers, and some clients can handle HTTP downloads as well.
Note that commercial FTP software, like WS_FTP are not listed below.
Free FTP Programs / Secure FTP (SFTP) Clients
- Core FTP Lite
Core FTP Lite is a Windows FTP client that supports uploading/downloading/deletion of directories (folders) and files, browser integration, SFTP (or secure FTP), SSL/TLS, handling of file permissions, transfer bandwidth control, etc.
- FileZilla Open Source FTP / SFTP Client
FileZilla is a free, open source FTP client for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X distributed under the GNU General Public License. You can do the usual stuff, upload and download files, as well as resume uploads or downloads, works with firewalls, supports SFTP (Secure FTP) and SSL secured connections, handle queues of files to be uploaded/downloaded, etc. At the time this was written, the Linux and Mac OS X versions are under Beta testing.
- OneButton FTP
OneButton FTP is a graphical FTP client for Mac OS X using the Cocoa framework. According to the website, it supports drag and drop and file queuing. It needs Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Update: according to the author, this software is no longer being maintained.
Curl is a command line tool that allows you to transfer files via FTP, SFTP, TFTP, FTPS, Telnet, DICT, FILE and LDAP, etc. You can also use the HTTP and HTTPS GET and PUT methods to download and upload files. It supports SSL, proxies, cookies, and user/password authentication. The tool is open source and supports Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, AIX, AmigaOS, BeOS, DOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, Midnight BSD, OpenBSD, MiNT, GNU-Darwin, HPUX, IRIX, Netware, Open Server, OS/2, QNX, RISC OS, Solaris, Syllable, Tru64 Unix, Unixware, VMS, etc. The program is released under an open source licence.
Cyberduck is an open source FTP and SFTP browser for Mac OS X. It supports drag and drop, resuming of uploads and downloads, synchronisation of files on a local computer with a server, uploading and downloading of folders, etc. It is licensed under the GNU GPL.
- Fugu - Mac OS X SFTP / SCP / SSH FrontEnd
Fugu is a free open source frontend for SFTP (Secure FTP), SCP and SSH. It is released under a BSD license, and supports Mac OS X.
- Net Transport
Net Transport is a download manager for Windows that support multiple download streams using HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS (Microsoft Media Services), RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol) and PNM. You can perform batch downloading, categorise your download files, work through multiple proxies, schedule your downloads, limit the speed of downloads, etc. There are language files for numerous languages.
- Putty: Win32 SSH / Secure FTP (SFTP) Client
Putty is a free open source set of programs. It includes a Secure Shell client (SSH), an SCP client (secure copy), a command line Secure FTP client (SFTP), a Telnet client, etc.
NcFTP is a free command line FTP client for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and a large number of Unix and Unix-type systems. It comes with source code.
- FTP Commander Client
Like other FTP clients, FTP Commander can upload or download files, create and delete directories, rename files, activate multiple downloads, and keep a session log. It is a Windows program.
i.FTP is a Windows FTP client that comes with source code. There is also an earlier version for BeOS.
- Star Downloader
Star Downloader handles both FTP and HTTP downloads, can resume broken downloads, contains an integrated unzipping facility, supports proxies, has the ability to split a file into several parts and download them all simultaneously (theoretically saving you time to download), integrates with browsers (to be the browser's default download manager), handles different languages, includes a scheduler, integration with your antivirus software, includes a text viewer, etc. Note that, as its name suggests, Star Downloader is a download manager not a full fledged FTP client, so if you're looking for a tool to upload your site, this is probably not the correct tool.
- AceFTP Freeware
This is a freeware version of the commercial AceFTP client. It has the usual FTP features that allow you to upload and download files and manage your website.
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