Today we will be looking at The 5 Best and Free FTP Clients. When it comes to managing your own web projects or most commonly WordPress install, sooner or later you’ll almost certainly need to directly access the files on your server — for which you’ll most likely want to use some kind of FTP client (File Transfer Protocol).
What’s an FTP client? Basically, it’s a relatively small and simple piece of software that allows you to view, edit, download, and upload files located or stored elsewhere on the internet via your own personal computer.
But which FTP client should you choose? That’s why we’re here. Let’s take a look at the five best and free FTP clients around.
Top of the list is WinSCP, one of the most powerful and easy to use FTP client for Windows users. It feels like there are too many things on the user interface, but it is actually quite easy to learn.
On your left, you have the files on your computer and on the right, you see the files on your server.
Just click on a file to download, upload, or edit it. For advanced users, WinSCP has all the features that you would need from a powerful FTP client.
It supports SFTP, SSH, and of course the plain old FTP. Handling files and assigning default editors is quite easy with WinSCP.
FileZilla, an open source FTP client. It’s fast, being able to handle simultaneous transmissions (multi-threaded transfers), and supports SFTP and FTPS (which stands for Secure File Transfer Protocol).
What’s more, it’s available on all operating systems, so if you work on multiple computers — like if you’re forced to use Windows at work but you have a Mac at home — you don’t need to use a different application for your file-transferring needs.
Cyberduck is extremely easy to use FTP client suitable for beginners as well as advanced users.
It is available for Mac and Windows computers. Unlike other cross-platform applications, it actually integrates beautifully with your native Mac environment.
It also supports Mac features like storing your login credentials in the keychain and locating files in finder.
Transmit is the most popular FTP client for Mac, particularly among web developers. It comes with an extremely powerful set of features like folder syncing, disk feature, and higher speeds.
Transmit beautifully integrates into your native Mac environment which makes it super easy for Mac users to learn quickly.
It supports SSH, SFTP, FTP, FTPs connections, the best part of transmitting is its built-in text editor which makes file editing very easy on the go.
5. Classic FTP
Classic FTP is a file transfer client that’s free for non-commercial use. It has a very simple interface, which is a good thing because it makes it easy and intuitive to use.
I like its Compare Directories feature that’s helpful for seeing differences between your local and remote files.
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