List of FTP server software

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Graphical[edit]

Name License Platform Details
ALFTP proprietary, but freeware for any use Windows only Personal FTP server
Cerberus FTP Server proprietary, commercial Windows only FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTPS web client, IPv6, SOAP-based web services API, Windows Active Directory / LDAP authentication, HTTP / HTTPS remote administration, public key and client certificate authentication
Complete FTP Server proprietary, commercial Windows only FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, Windows Active Directory, remote administration, public key and client certificate authentication, Plugin API (.NET)
CrushFTP Server proprietary, trialware Mac OS X, Windows (all), Linux (all), *BSD, Solaris, IBM. FTP, FTPS, SFTP, SCP, HTTP, HTTPS, WebDAV(SSL), AS2, AS3, Plugin API, Active Directory / LDAP authentication, RADIUS authentication, SQL authentication, Web UI administration, Groups, Layered Inheritance, Events / Alerts, Protocol Conversion (incoming FTP/FTPS/SFTP/HTTP(s) protocols converted to a back end FTP/SFTP/HTTP(s) server.), SSH Tunneling, HTTP(S) Tunneling, CrushTask, client certificate authentication, ad-hoc file sharing, keywords search, PGP in stream encryption / decryption, bandwidth acceleration (CrushTunnel), file revisions and synchronization, DMZ front end server mode can also cluster with load balance, DDOS protection, High Availability Virtual IP and HTTP session replication, Job scheduling and monitoring.
FileZilla Server open source, free software Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 FTP, FTPS, supports autoban, speedlimits, IP Filter, Groups, Shared folders, compression,
LogicalDOC proprietary, open source Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris, etc. FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, WebDAV and WebDAV over SSL, Plugin API, Windows Active Directory / LDAP authentication, SQL authentication, Web UI administration, Events / Alerts, file revisions and synchronization.
Microsoft Internet Information Services proprietary Windows only FTP, FTPS, WebDAV and WebDAV over SSL

(FTPS is supported in IIS 7 and later)

NASLite proprietary Linux based FTP/NAS server
Sysax Multi Server proprietary, Free Personal Edition Windows (All Editions) Secure FTP Server that also supports Secure Shell Access and Web browser based secure file transfer. Protocols supported include FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, and Secure Shell. Features include web UI administration, server event triggers and scripting, and authentication using Windows, ODBC, or Active Directory. Certified for Windows Vista.
War FTP Daemon open source, free software Windows 9X/2000/XP/2003 One of the original FTP servers made for the windows platform and still available.
WS FTP Server proprietary Windows only: XP or later WS_FTP stands for WinSock File Transfer Protocol. It's developed and sold by Ipswitch, which offers it with three different prices: an FTP server, an SFTP server, and the full Corporate version with encrypting and SCP2.

Console/terminal-based[edit]

Name Licence Platform Details
CrushFTP Server proprietary, shareware Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris, etc. FTP, FTPS, SFTP, SCP, HTTP, HTTPS, WebDAV and WebDAV over SSL, AS2, AS3, Plugin API, Windows Active Directory / LDAP authentication, SQL authentication, GUI remote administration, Events / Alerts, Protocol Conversion (incoming FTP/FTPS/SFTP/HTTP/HTTPS protocols converted to a back end FTP/SFTP server.), SSH Tunneling, HTTP(S) Tunneling, CrushTask, Headless (A separate GUI machine can connect and control the server, or you can edit XML files directly.)
glFTPd freeware Linux, BSD, Mac OS X Virtual users and groups, private paths, bandwidth throttling, upload/download ratio support, on the fly CRC calculating of files being uploaded, script support on almost all commands and operations, online user management, built-in statistics viewable using site commands, FTPS and ACL support. Supports FXP.
GoAnywhere Services proprietary Linux, BSD, Unix, AIX, i5/OS, HP-UX Enterprise Level file transfer with Web portal and file trigger capabilities.
ProFTPD open-source Unix-like (Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and more[1]), Windows with Cygwin Very feature rich and popular FTP daemon for Unix-like platforms. Many third party Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) available. SFTP with a module.[2]
Pure-FTPd open-source Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and more default FTP daemon in many Linux distributions[citation needed]. Supports FXP.
vsftpd (Very Secure FTP Daemon) GPLv2 Linux, BSD, and more FTP, FTPS, FTPES. Anonymous can be forced to use FTPES. Optionally validation of client certificates can be configured. The access of users can be controlled by deny and enable lists. The server can be configured to generate detailed activity logs - the log format may be verbose or compatible with wu-ftpd format. vsftpd is default FTP daemon in Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, Slackware (along with ProFTPD), NimbleX and RHEL. Others like Debian require an additional installation. The licensing model of vsftpd is GPLv2 with exception which allows linking with OpenSSL library.
wu-ftpd open-source Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and more Main website seems offline, but continues development in the newer CC series

Libraries[edit]

Name Licence Language Platform Details
pyftpdlib MIT License Python Platform independent A high-level portable library to easily write asynchronous FTP servers with Python. It is currently the most complete RFC-959 FTP server implementation available for Python.

Summary board[edit]

ALFTP Cerberus Complete CrushFTP FileZilla IIS Multi Server ProFTPD WS FTP
License type proprietary proprietary proprietary proprietary FLOSS/GPL2 proprietary proprietary FLOSS/GPL proprietary
OS Linux No No No Yes No No No Yes No
Mac OS X No No No Yes No No No Yes No
Unix No No ? Yes No No No Yes No
IBM i/OS No No ? Yes No No No No No
Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Interface CLI ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
GUI integrated ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? No Yes
GUI(s) separately ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
Services FTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
FTPS ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SCP ? No Yes Yes No No Yes ? Yes
WebDAV ? No No Yes No Yes No ? No
HTTP/HTTPS ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes
AS2 No No No Yes No No No ? No
Authentication LDAP ? Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Active Directory ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes
Local Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Database ? No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
High Availability Failover Cluster
(active/passive)
No Yes No Yes No Yes No ? Yes
Load Balancing
(active/active)
No Yes ? Yes No Yes ? ? Yes

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.proftpd.org/features.html
  2. ^ http://www.proftpd.org/docs/contrib/mod_sftp.html

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