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Developer(s) Dennis Bush
Initial release 2001; 13 years ago (2001)
Stable release 4.5.1 / September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14)
Written in C
Operating system Multiplatform
Type Multicast FTP server & client
License GPL and Commercial

UFTP is a UDP-based file transfer protocol and the name of a tool that implements that protocol. It was developed by Dennis Bush, and is designed for particularly efficient file transfers under scenarios where the file is to be broadcast/multicast or the transfer occurs over a wireless link (such as satellite). However, in low-error, high-bandwidth or high-latency scenarios, it can outperform TCP-based protocols such as FTP by 100% or more.

The UFTP protocol was based on the Starburst MFTP protocol, which Stratacache purchased from Starburst Communications in 2004.


Draft of the public IETF protocol MFTP, based on Starburst MFTP.