FileZilla 3.3.1 on Ubuntu 10.04
|Initial release||22 June 2001|
|Stable release||3.7.3 (August 7, 2013[±])|
|Preview release||3.7.0 RC1 (29 April 2013[±])|
|Written in||C++, wxWidgets|
|License||GNU General Public License Version 2|
FileZilla is free and cross-platform FTP software, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. Binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS). As of 18 April 2011, FileZilla Client was the 7th most popular download of all time from SourceForge.net. Support for SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) is not implemented in FileZilla Server.
FileZilla was started as a computer science class project in the second week of January 2001 by Tim Kosse and two classmates[who?]. Before they started to write the code, they discussed on which licence they should release the code. They decided to make FileZilla an open-source project, because there were already many FTP clients available and they didn't think that they would sell a single copy if they made FileZilla commercial.
In May 2008 Chris Foresman assessed FTP clients for Ars Technica, saying of FileZilla: "Some friends in the tech support world often recommend the free and open-source FileZilla, which offers a Mac OS X version in addition to Windows and Linux. But I've never been thrilled about its busy interface, which can be daunting for novice users."
Writing for Ars Technica in August 2008 Emil Protalinski said: "this week's free, third-party application recommendation is FileZilla.... This FTP client is very quick and is regularly updated. It may not have a beautiful GUI, but it certainly is fast and has never let me down."
In January 2012 cNet.com gave FileZilla their highest rating of spectacular, 5 out of 5 stars.
From version 3 onwards, FileZilla stores all saved usernames and passwords as plain text files. This allows any malware that has gained even limited access to the user's system to simply read the data stored in these files and to remotely transfer this data to the attacker. Potentially handing over control of websites and servers used for further spreading malware and creating powerful botnets. FileZilla's author responded to such criticism saying "If your system is secure, you can use nuclear missile launch codes as desktop background."
The practice of saving plaintext passwords is, however, sometimes considered a better practice than a false sense of security, as some people characterize the effects of password encryption. However, FileZilla does not communicate the fact that passwords are stored in plain text to the user.
Storing encrypted private key files is still supported in current versions, as well as using ssh-agent, in the same way as previous versions of FileZilla. Private key authentication is usually recommended over password-based authentication.
|Pink||Former test release|
|Red||Former official release|
|Green||Current official release|
|Blue||Current test release|
The Release Notes shown are for the current series build.
|Version||Release Date||Change Log|
|3.7.1-rc1||10 June 2013||New Features:
Bugfixes and minor changes:
|3.7.1||18 June 2013||Bugfixes and minor changes:
|220.127.116.11||2 July 2013||Bugfixes and minor changes:
|3.7.2||6 August 2013||Fixed vulnerabilities:
|3.7.3||7 August 2013||Fixed vulnerabilities:
FileZilla Server main interface
|Developer(s)||Tim Kosse, et al.|
|Stable release||0.9.41 (February 26, 2012[±])|
|Preview release||none (n/a) [±]|
FileZilla Server is a sister product to FileZilla Client. It is an FTP server supported by the same project and features support for FTP and FTP over SSL/TLS. FileZilla Server is currently available only on the Windows platform.
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- SourceForge.net: Project of the Month (2003-11)
- < FileZilla history
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- Ticket #4672 (assigned Bug report) - Download continues past 100% corrupting downloaded zip file
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