Review of FileZilla – Free FTP Client!

FileZilla IconFor all those who maintain websites, ftp uploads to the server is a practice. There are many tools out there, which let you connect to a server sitting in an air conditioned room at the other end of the earth.

And ubiquitous of them all is FileZilla.

FileZilla is an Open Source FTP client that basically lets you connect to a server which has FTP access enabled. Once connected, it lets you upload and download files and directory structures. It can also perform basic actions like changing the file attributes.

Instead of listing out the pros of FileZilla, I would rather quote the feature list from their documentation.

  • Ability to resume Uploads/Downloads (if the server supports it)
  • Custom Commands
  • Site Manager with folders
  • Keep Alive system
  • Timeout detection
  • Firewall support
  • SOCKS4/5 and HTTP1.1 Proxy support
  • SSL secured connections
  • SFTP support
  • Upload/Download Queue
  • Drag & Drop
  • Multi-language support
  • GSS authentication and encryption using Kerberos

So, does it have any disadvantages?

Not many that I can think of, but I did have problem using FileZilla for connecting to a secure server, through the SSH port to be exact. But I doubt it could be just me – I might not have set it up properly.

Another gripe with FileZilla is that you cannot have simultaneous connection to multiple servers. I sometimes find it necessary at my job, and the only option is to get the files require to the local machine and then move it to the other server. But it is quite cumbersome, and this feature is quite desirable.

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3 Responses to Review of FileZilla – Free FTP Client!

  1. sheeraz says:

    at the last para of this article, you mentioned

    'Another gripe with FileZilla is that you cannot have simultaneous connection to multiple servers.'

    did it mean, one can not open another ftp connection through site manager or through any means?

    well, i'm facing a problem is that, i have to use filezilla client that is working fine. at the same time i want to connect from the same machine to another machine using ftp (from command prompt) using a specific port that i m unable to do.

    so plz clarify ur last line says that u can't use multiple FTPs at the same time?

  2. Geoff says:

    Is this the best ftp client there is? Is it ok for a beginner like me with an IQ of about 30 !!

    • Mayank says:

      yeah its simple enough and full of features that anyone can use it. If you can leave a comment here, find out that your iq is 30, then using filezilla won't be a big deal :)

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