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 transfer files or web pages to and from your website (also known as "uploading" and "downloading" respectively). There are a few here that are also designed to be download managers (used exclusively for downloading files quickly), and some software can handle HTTP downloads as well.

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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. It uses the SSH host keys stored by Putty (see the Free SSH Clients page). You can find tutorials on how to upload your files and website as well as how to delete unwanted files from your site using FileZilla on

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.


WinSCP is a free SFTP, SCP, WebDAV and FTP client for Windows. Apart from the usual facilities allowing you to transfer files, it also has an integrated text editor, directory synchronization and support for scripting. It shares its site settings with Putty (see the Free SSH (Secure Shell) Clients page).


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 and Windows. 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.

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.


FileTeePee (formerly i.FTP) is a Windows FTP client that comes with source code. There is also an earlier version for BeOS.

Fugu - Mac OS X SFTP / SCP / SSH FrontEnd

[Update: this software is no longer being updated. The link points to the last versions available, dating from 2011.] 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.

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