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Developer(s) ESTsoft Corp.
Stable release
5.31 / February 1, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-02-01)
Preview release Non [±]
Operating system XP, Vista, 7, 8
Available in English, Korean
Type FTP client/server
License Proprietary

ALFTP is an FTP client and personal FTP server utility from ESTsoft for Microsoft Windows. It is part of ESTsoft's ALTools product family.

While it has been available in Korean since 2000[1][2] as freeware[1][3] (commercialized in 2002 for government and corporate use[4][5][6][7]), it was first made available in English in 2004, and has since been made available in over ten languages.[8] Translations for ALFTP are provided by members of the ALTools user community.[9][10]

The software received positive reviews in South Korea for its simplicity, and for having a Korean language interface,[1][3][11][12] illustrating the importance of localization for software.

ALFTP is free for home use and may be freely redistributed.

Personal FTP Server[edit]

The personal FTP server in ALFTP requires no configuration, although several configuration options are available. The FTP server is intended for personal use by non-technical users to casually transfer files for home use. It is a single user interface, permissions, and user connection limit of 5 precludes ALFTP from being used in large sites, and is intended for casual home use.

ALTools Eggheads[edit]

The interface features the cartoon ALFTP Egghead animated in the main toolbar in various poses to represent the various functions available there, and for which the application is named.

The AL part in ALFTP is a transliteration from the Korean, '알FTP', which directly translates as EggFTP. Other ALTools feature similar egghead cartoon characters as mascots for each program.

License change[edit]

As of December 1, 2008, ALFTP is no longer freeware and requires a commercial licence for all uses. Copies downloaded before December 1, 2008 are not affected by this new requirement. As of August 22, 2012 ALFTP has been released for free use (the free serial number provided on website has the same rights to be used as when purchased the product).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kim, Injin (2001-07-11). "한글로 구성 FTP프로그램 '알FTP' 무료 배포". 전자신문 (in Korean). Chunjashinmun. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Kim, Sunjun (2001-07-18). "<리뷰 & 벤치마킹>FTP 프로그램 6종 (Translation: <Review & Benchmark> 6 FTP Programs)". The Electronic Times Internet (in Korean). Chunjashinmun. pp. 16–17. 
  3. ^ a b Jang, Dongjun (2002-01-03). "이스트소프트, FTP SW 부료 배포". 전자신문 (in Korean). Chunjashinmun. 
  4. ^ Lee, Jongwha (2002-04-04). 무료 압축 프로그램 '알집' 유료화된다. inews24 (in Korean). inews24. 
  5. ^ Che, Jihyoung (2002-04-05). '일툴즈' 기업-단체대상 유료화. 디지탈 타임스 (in Korean). Digital Times. 
  6. ^ Mun, Byoungdo (2002-04-05). 이스트소프트 '일집' 유료화. 한국i닷컴 (in Korean). Hankook Ilbo. Archived from the original on 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 
  7. ^ Kim, Yukyung (2002-04-06). 무료 프로그램 '알툴즈' 이달부터 유료화. 전자신문 (in Korean). Chunjashinmun. 
  8. ^ ESTsoft. "ALFTP Translations". ESTsoft Corp. Archived from the original on August 30, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 
  9. ^ ESTsoft. "Translating ALTools". ESTsoft Corp. Archived from the original on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 
  10. ^ ESTsoft. "About the ALTranslators Forum, How to Join & Translate ALTools". ESTsoft. Archived from the original on August 29, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 
  11. ^ Korea Software Property-Right Council (February 2002). 이스트소프트. 소프트웨어저작권 (in Korean). Korea Software Property-Right Council. 2002 (02): 20–22. Archived from the original on 2016-07-09. 
  12. ^ Choi, Hongdeok (2002-03-08). "< FTP 프로그램 4종> 테스트 제품 소개". 디지탈 타임스 (in Korean). Digital Times. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 

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