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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of FTP clients, and related clients that use other file transfer protocols. Please see the individual products' articles for further information. This article is not all-inclusive or necessarily up-to-date. Unless otherwise specified in footnotes, comparisons are based on the stable versions without any add-ons, extensions or external programs.

Contents

General information

Basic general information about the clients: creator/company, license/price etc.

Gratis

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GiB[1] Interface
Classic FTP NCH Software 2007 1.13 Proprietary Yes
cURL Daniel Stenberg 1998 7.19.0 MIT Yes Command-line interface
CurlFtpFS Robson Braga Araujo 2006 0.9.1 GPL ? Virtual file system
Cyberduck David V. Kocher 2001 3.1 GPL Yes Mac OS X GUI
FileZilla Community 2001 (January) 3.3.1 GPL Yes GUI
FireFTP Mime ÄŒuvalo 2004 (September) 1.0.2 MPL, Charityware Yes Firefox addon
Fling FTP NCH Software 2007 1.0.7 Proprietary Yes Windows Explorer shell extension
Fugu University of Michigan Research Systems Unix Group 2003 1.2.0 BSD ? Mac OS X GUI
gFTP Brian Masney 1998 2.0.19 GPL ? GTK+
Kamzy FTP Martin Fortier 2001 2.8.0 Proprietary Yes GUI + Command-line interface
Kasablanca Magnus Kulke 2002 0.4.0.2 GPL ? Qt
KFTPGrabber Jernej Kos 2003 0.8.1 GPL ?
LeechFTP Jan Debis 1998 1.3 (Discontinued) Proprietary ?
lftp Alexander V. Lukyanov 1996 (August) 3.7.11 GPL Yes Interactive CLI
Mosaic NCSA 1993 3.0 (Discontinued) ? ?
NcFTP NcFTP Software Inc. 1991 3.1.9 Clarified Artistic License Yes Interactive CLI
net2ftp David C. Gartner 2003 (January) 0.96 GPL ? Web interface
pbFtpClient Level5Software 2007 5.30 Proprietary ? Windows GUI
PSFTP Simon Tatham 1999 (January) 0.60 MIT ? Interactive CLI
Swish Alexander Lamaison 2007 0.3.0.1 GPL Yes Windows Explorer shell extension
WinSCP Martin Prikryl 2000 4.2.6 GPL Yes Windows GUI

Gratis and Payware Editions

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GiB[1]
CoreFTP CoreFTP.com 2003 2.1 Proprietary ?
CrossFTP CrossFTP.com 2006 1.51 Proprietary Yes
FAR Manager Eugene Roshal / FAR Group 1996 1.70 Proprietary ?
Fetch Fetch Softworks 1989 5.5.1 Proprietary Yes
Secure FTP Glub Tech 1999 2.6.0 Proprietary Yes
Sysax FTP Automation Codeorigin, LLC 2005 4.1 Proprietary Yes

Trials of Payware

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GiB[1]
3D-FTP SiteDesigner Technologies, Inc. 1999 8.03 Proprietary Yes
AbsoluteTelnet Celestial Software 1996 7.21 Proprietary Yes
BulletProof FTP aka BPFTP BulletProof Software LLC 1997 2.63 Proprietary ?
CuteFTP Alex Kunadze 1994 8.3.3 Proprietary Yes
FlashFXP OpenSight Software, LLC 1999 3.6.0.1240 Proprietary Yes
FTP Voyager Rhino Software, Inc January, 1997 15.1.0.4 Proprietary Yes
Global Downloader Actysoft Inc 2005 1.6.2.1 Proprietary Yes
ScriptFTP AmmSoft 2001 3.3 Proprietary Yes
SmartFTP SmartSoft Ltd 1998 3.0.1036.0 Proprietary Yes
Total Commander Christian Ghisler 1993 7.50a Proprietary Yes
WebDrive South River Technologies, Inc. 1998 9.0.2199 Proprietary Yes
WS_FTP Ipswitch, Inc. 1996 12.2 Proprietary Yes

Payware

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GiB[1]
ALFTP ESTsoft 2000 5.1 Proprietary ?
BitKinex FTP Barad-Dur, LLC. 2003 3.0.3 Proprietary ?
Captain FTP Xnet 2001 6.0 Proprietary ?
Directory Opus GPSoftware 1990 9.0 Proprietary ?
ExpanDrive (Mac) ExpanDrive, Inc 2008 1.3.4 Proprietary Yes
ExpanDrive (Windows) (formerly SftpDrive) ExpanDrive, Inc 2005 1.8.1 Proprietary ?
FTP Commander Internetsoft Corporation 1997 9.20 Proprietary Yes
FTP Explorer FTPx Corp. October, 1996 1.0.1.53 Proprietary ?
FRENDS Cobalt FRENDS Technology January, 2009 1.7 Proprietary Yes
Interarchy nolobe pty ltd. 1993 (as Anarchie) 9.0 Proprietary ?
PyroClient EmTec 2008 2.22 Proprietary ?
PyroBatchFTP EmTec 2008 2.23 Proprietary ?
SecureFX Van Dyke 2000 4.0 Proprietary ?
Transmit Panic, Inc. 1998 3.7 Proprietary ?
Vicomsoft FTP Client Vicomsoft 1997 4.6.1 Proprietary Yes
WISE-FTP AceBIT 1998 6.1.0 Proprietary ?
Yummy FTP Yummy Software 2004 1.8.1 Proprietary ?

Operating system support

The operating systems the clients can run on.

Client Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS
3D-FTP Yes No No No No No
AbsoluteTelnet Yes No No No No No
ALFTP Yes No No No No No
BitKinex Yes No No No No No
BulletProof FTP Yes Yes No No No No
Captain FTP No Yes No No No No
Classic FTP Yes Yes No No No No
CoreFTP Yes No No No No No
CrossFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
cURL (CL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CurlFtpFS No Yes Yes Yes No No
CuteFTP Yes Yes No No No No
Cyberduck No Yes No No No No
Directory Opus Yes No No No No Yes
ExpanDrive Yes Yes No No No No
FAR Manager Yes No No No No No
Fetch No Yes No No No No
FileZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FireFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FlashFXP Yes No No No No No
Fling FTP Yes No No No No No
Flow No Yes No No No No
FRENDS Cobalt Yes No No No No No
FTP Commander Yes No No No No No
FTP Explorer Yes No No No No No
FTP Voyager Yes No No No No No
Fugu No Yes No No No No
gFTP No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Global Downloader Yes No No No No No
Interarchy No Yes No No No No
Kasablanca No No Yes Yes Yes No
KFTPGrabber No No Yes Yes Yes No
LeechFTP Yes No No No No No
lftp (CL) No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Mosaic Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
NcFTP (CL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
net2ftp (webbased) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
pbFtpClient Yes No No No No Yes
PSFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
SFTPPlus Yes No Yes No Yes No
ScripFTP Yes No No No No No
Secure FTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SmartFTP Yes No No No No No
Swish Yes No No No No No
Sysax FTP Automation Yes No No No No No
Transmit No Yes No No No No
Vicomsoft FTP Client No Yes No No No No
WebDrive Yes Yes No No No No
WinSCP Yes No No No No No
WISE-FTP Yes No No No No No
WS_FTP Yes No No No No No
Yummy FTP No Yes No No No No
Client Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS

(CL) Command-Line interface only - no GUI

Protocol support

Information about what internet protocols the clients support. External links lead to information about support in future versions of the clients or extensions that provide such functionality.

Client FTP FTP over SSH (secure FTP) SFTP FTPS (FTP over SSL) FXP (Site2site transfer) DAV / HTTP(S) Compression Remote Compression API / Commandline available
3D-FTP Yes No No No No No Yes No ?
AbsoluteTelnet No No Yes No No No Yes Yes ?
ALFTP Yes No No Yes No No No ? ?
BitKinex Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
BulletProof FTP Yes No No No No No No ? ?
Captain FTP Yes No Yes Yes ? No No ? ?
Classic FTP Yes No No Yes No No No ? ?
CoreFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
CrossFTP Yes Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes No Yes
cURL Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes (Only)
CurlFtpFS Yes No No Yes No No No No ?
CuteFTP Yes No Yes (Pro only) Yes Yes (Pro only) Yes (HTTP(S) - Pro only) Yes (Pro only) No ?
Cyberduck Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes (SFTP only) No
Directory Opus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
ExpanDrive (Mac) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes
ExpanDrive (Windows) No No Yes No No No ? No ?
FAR Manager Yes ? Yes (with WinSCP plugin) Yes (with Far Navigator plugin) ? No No ? ?
Fetch Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
FileZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes (basic)
FireFTP Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
FlashFXP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Fling FTP Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes
FRENDS Cobalt Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
FTP Commander Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
FTP Explorer Yes No No No ? ? No ? ?
FTP Voyager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Fugu No No Yes No No No No ? ?
gFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes (control connection only) Yes ? No ? ?
Global Downloader Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (HTTP(S)) No No No
Interarchy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ?
Kasablanca Yes No No Yes Yes No No ? ?
KFTPGrabber Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No ? ?
LeechFTP Yes No No No No No No ? ?
lftp Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (Partial) No No Yes
Mosaic Yes No No No No No No ? ?
NcFTP Yes No No ? ? ? No ? Yes
pbFtpClient Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No ?
PSFTP ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? Yes (Only)
SFTPPlus Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes No ? Yes
ScriptFTP Yes No No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Secure FTP Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
SmartFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Swish No No Yes No No No Yes ? No
Sysax FTP Automation Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes (script and command line)
Transmit Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No ? ?
Vicomsoft FTP Client Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
WebDrive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
WinSCP Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes (SFTP only) Yes (SCP command) Yes
WISE-FTP Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ?
WS_FTP Yes Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes Yes (Pro only) Yes Yes (Pro only) No Yes (Pro only)
Yummy FTP Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Client FTP FTP over SSH (secure FTP) SFTP FTPS (FTP over SSL) FXP (Site2site transfer) DAV / HTTP(S) Compression Remote Compression API / Commandline available

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d ubuntuforums.org: 2007, 2gb data transfer limitation? Quote: "...The common 2GB limit is actually a bug in many FTP clients. If he is using Windows, try the latest FileZilla...", kernel.org: FAQ: I can't download a file with size greater than 2GB, is your website broken?, Comparison_of_file_systems#Limits

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