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FileZilla is a free, open source FTP client, with versions compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. FileZilla supports the use of FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (or FTP over SSL/TLS). This free yet powerful program is useful for regular FTP users who need a good, free option to transfer files. It’s simple to setup and run and it gets the job done. It has a very straightforward and user-friendly interface and it allows you to quickly drag and drop files from your computer to the server, or vice versa. It also allows you to set how many simultaneous uploads or downloads you want to run, making file transfer faster.

Features of FileZilla include:

  • Easy to use
  • Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
  • IPv6 support
  • Available in many languages
  • Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
  • Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
  • Bookmarks
  • Drag & drop support
  • Configurable transfer speed limits
  • Filename filters
  • Network configuration wizard
  • Remote file editing
  • Keep-alive
  • HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
  • Logging to file


I’ve been using FileZilla for almost two years now, and it has yet to let me down. One thing that’s great about it is that you can quickly restart any uploads or downloads that have failed, allowing you to bypass long processes some other FTP clients require you to do before resuming failed file transfers. I have also been able to recommend the program to friends who are novices at this, and they learned how to use it very quickly. Overall, this program comes highly recommended whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

Related Links:
FileZilla’s Website
FileZilla Wiki