Comparison of FTP client software

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of FTP clients and related clients that use other file transfer protocols. Unless otherwise specified in footnotes, comparisons are based on the stable versions without any add-ons, extensions or external programs.

Free and open source[edit]

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GB limit[1] Interface
Codeanywhere Codeanywhere, Inc. 2013 5.0 Proprietary Yes Web application
cURL Daniel Stenberg 1998 7.50.3 (September 14, 2016; 8 days ago (2016-09-14)[2]) [±] MIT Yes CLI
Cyberduck David V. Kocher 2001 4.6.1 December 18, 2014; 20 months ago (2014-12-18) GPL Yes GUI
FileZilla Community 2001 (January) 3.19.0 (27 June 2016; 2 months ago (2016-06-27)) [±][3] GPL Yes GUI
FireFTP Mime Čuvalo 2004 (September) 2.0.26 (October 27, 2015; 10 months ago (2015-10-27)) [±] MPL 1.1, Charityware Yes (since version 2.0.5) Firefox addon
Fugu University of Michigan Research Systems Unix Group 2003 1.2.0 May 2, 2005; 11 years ago (2005-05-02) BSD ? GUI
gFTP Brian Masney 1998 2.0.19 November 30, 2008; 7 years ago (2008-11-30) GPL Yes GTK+
lftp Alexander V. Lukyanov 1996 (August) 4.7.2 (May 18, 2016; 4 months ago (2016-05-18) [4]) [±] GPL Yes CLI
Macfusion Michael Gorbach 0 ? 2.0.4 BSD ? GUI
NcFTP NcFTP Software Inc. 1991 3.2.5 January 17, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-01-17) Clarified Artistic License Yes CLI
net2ftp David C. Gartner 2003 (January) 0.98 March 1, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-03-01) GPL ? Web application
tnftp Luke Mewburn 1999 20151004 October 4, 2015; 11 months ago (2015-10-04) BSD ? CLI
WinSCP Martin Přikryl 2000 5.9.2 (September 14, 2016; 8 days ago (2016-09-14)[5]) [±] GPL Yes GUI and CLI
Yafc Sebastian Ramacher 1999 v1.3.7 (January 1, 2016; 8 months ago (2016-01-01)) [±] GPL Yes CLI

Proprietary freeware[edit]

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GB[1] Interface
AnyClient JSCAPE 2008 6.0 November 14, 2013; 2 years ago (2013-11-14) Proprietary Yes Web Interface and GUI
Classic FTP NCH Software 2007 2.52 Proprietary Yes GUI
Fling FTP (free version contains adware) NCH Software 2007 1.0.7 Proprietary Yes Windows Explorer shell extension
LeechFTP Jan Debis 1998 1.3 (Discontinued) Proprietary No GUI
Mosaic NCSA 1993 3.0 (Discontinued) Proprietary ? ?
pbFtpClient Level5Software 2007 6.1 Proprietary ? Windows GUI
FTP Voyager Rhino Software, Inc January, 1997 16.1.0.0 (August 20, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-08-20)) Proprietary Yes GUI

Freeware and commercial editions[edit]

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GB[1]
CoreFTP CoreFTP.com 2003 2.2 (build 1751) June 27, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-06-27) Freeware Yes
FAR Manager Eugene Roshal / FAR Group 1996 3.0 build 4242 (17 January 2015; 19 months ago (2015-01-17)) [±]

2.0 build 1807 (3 February 2011; 5 years ago (2011-02-03)) [±]
1.75 build 2634 (3 February 2011; 5 years ago (2011-02-03)) [±]

BSD Yes
Fetch Fetch Softworks 1989 5.7.5 February 27, 2015; 18 months ago (2015-02-27) Proprietary Yes
Secure FTP Glub Tech 1999 2.6.2 July 27, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-07-27) Apache Yes
Sysax FTP Automation Codeorigin, LLC 2005 5.31 April 12, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-04-12) Proprietary Yes

Trials of commercial[edit]

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GB[1]
AbsoluteTelnet Celestial Software 1996 9.49 July 2, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-07-02) Proprietary Yes
Beyond Compare Scooter Software 1996 4.1.8 August 25, 2016; 28 days ago (2016-08-25) Proprietary Yes
Commander One Eltima Software 2015 1.1 September 29, 2015; 11 months ago (2015-09-29) Proprietary Yes
CuteFTP Alex Kunadze/Globalscape 1994 9.0.5 (Windows) July 22, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-07-22) / 3.1.3 (Mac) May 2, 2014; 2 years ago (2014-05-02) Proprietary Yes
Directory Opus GPSoftware 1990 11.10 December 19, 2014; 20 months ago (2014-12-19) Proprietary Yes
FlashFXP OpenSight Software, LLC 1999 5.1.0.3861 July 11, 2015; 14 months ago (2015-07-11) Proprietary Yes
FTP Client Vicomsoft 1997 5.0.1 Proprietary Yes
GoAnywhere Director Linoma Software 2002 4.5.1 Proprietary Yes
SmartFTP SmartSoft Ltd 1998 6.0.2155.0 July 23, 2015; 13 months ago (2015-07-23) Proprietary Yes
Total Commander Christian Ghisler 1993 8.52a September 17, 2015; 11 months ago (2015-09-17) Proprietary Yes
UploadFTP Brightek Software 2011 2.0.1 August 14, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-08-14) Proprietary Yes
WebDrive South River Technologies, Inc. 1998 11.0 February 1, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-02-01) Proprietary Yes
WS_FTP Ipswitch, Inc. 1996 12.5 Proprietary Yes
Yummy FTP Yummy Software 2004 1.9.0 May 10, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-05-10) Proprietary ?

Commercial[edit]

Client Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license Copy files over 2 GB[1]
ALFTP ESTsoft 2000 5.31 February 1, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-02-01) Proprietary ?
ExpanDrive (Mac) ExpanDrive, Inc 2008 5.3.0 (June 2, 2016; 3 months ago (2016-06-02)) [±] Proprietary Yes
ExpanDrive (Windows) (formerly SftpDrive) ExpanDrive, Inc 2005 5.3.0 (June 2, 2016; 3 months ago (2016-06-02)) [±] Proprietary Yes
FTP Commander Internetsoft Corporation 1997 9.21 November 8, 2010; 5 years ago (2010-11-08) Proprietary Yes
FTP Explorer FTPx Corp. October, 1996 1.0.1.53 Proprietary ?
GoAnywhere Director Linoma Software 2002 4.5.1 Proprietary Yes
Interarchy Nolobe Software Pty Ltd 1993 (as Anarchie) 10.0.6 August 18, 2014; 2 years ago (2014-08-18) Proprietary Yes
Steed French Fry, SAS 2012 1.2.0.1147 February 16, 2016; 7 months ago (2016-02-16) Proprietary Yes
Transmit Panic, Inc. 1998 4.4.10 November 19, 2015; 9 months ago (2015-11-19) Proprietary Yes
WISE-FTP AceBIT 1998 7.0 (Build 7.0.4) March 16, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-03-16) Proprietary ?
edtFTPj Bruce P. Blackshaw 2000 2.3.0 August 26, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-08-26) Proprietary Yes Java JAR file
edtFTPnet Bruce P. Blackshaw 2003 2.2.1 August 26, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-08-26) Proprietary Yes Windows DLL

Operating system support[edit]

The operating systems the clients can run on.

Client Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS
AbsoluteTelnet Yes No No No No No
ALFTP Yes No No No No No
AnyClient Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Beyond Compare Yes Yes Yes No No No
Classic FTP Yes Yes No No No No
Codeanywhere (webbased) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Commander One No Yes No No No No
CoreFTP Yes No No No No No
cURL (CL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CuteFTP Yes Yes No No No No
Cyberduck Yes Yes No No No No
Directory Opus Yes No No No No Yes
ExpanDrive Yes Yes No No No No
FAR Manager Yes No No No No No
Fetch No Yes No No No No
FileZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FireFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FlashFXP Yes No No No No No
Fling FTP Yes No No No No No
FTP Client No Yes No No No No
FTP Commander Yes No No No No No
FTP Explorer Yes No No No No No
FTP Voyager Yes No No No No No
Fugu No Yes No No No No
gFTP No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GoAnywhere Director Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Interarchy No Yes No No No No
LeechFTP Yes No No No No No
lftp (CL) Yes (cygwin) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Macfusion No Yes No No No No
Mosaic Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
NcFTP (CL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
net2ftp (webbased) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
pbFtpClient Yes No No No No Yes
PSFTP (PuTTY) (CL) Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Secure FTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SmartFTP Yes No No No No No
Sysax FTP Automation Yes No No No No No
Total Commander Yes No No No No No
Transmit No Yes No No No No
UploadFTP Yes No No No No No
WebDrive Yes Yes No No No No
WinSCP Yes No No No No No
WISE-FTP Yes No No No No No
WS_FTP Yes No No No No No
Yummy FTP No Yes No No No No
Client Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS

(CL) Command-Line interface only – no GUI

Protocol support[edit]

Information about what internet protocols the clients support. External links lead to information about support in future versions of the clients or extensions that provide such functionality.

Client FTP FTP over SSH SFTP FTPS (FTP over SSL) FXP (Site2site transfer) DAV / HTTP(S) Compression Remote Compression API / Commandline available Resume Download Passive mode
AbsoluteTelnet No No Yes No No No Yes Yes ? ? ?
ALFTP Yes No No Yes No No No ? ? ? ?
AnyClient Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Beyond Compare Yes No Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) No Yes (Pro only) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Classic FTP Yes No No Yes No No No ? ? ? ?
Codeanywhere Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Commander One Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
CoreFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
cURL Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes (Only) Yes Yes
CuteFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (HTTP(S) Yes No ? Yes Yes
Cyberduck Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes (SFTP only) Yes Yes Yes
Directory Opus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
ExpanDrive (Mac) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes ? ?
ExpanDrive (Windows) Yes No Yes Yes No No ? No ? ? ?
FAR Manager Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes No ? ? Yes Yes
Fetch Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No ? ?
FileZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes (basic) Yes Yes
FireFTP Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
FlashFXP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Fling FTP Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes ? ?
FTP Client Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes ?
FTP Commander Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ?
FTP Explorer Yes No No No ? ? No ? ? ? ?
FTP Voyager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fugu No No Yes No No No No ? ? ? ?
gFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes (control connection only) Yes ? No ? Yes ? ?
GoAnywhere Director Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes ?
Interarchy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? Yes Yes
LeechFTP Yes No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
lftp Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Partial) No No Yes Yes ?
Macfusion Yes ? Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mosaic Yes No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
NcFTP Yes No No ? ? ? No ? Yes ? Yes
pbFtpClient Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No ? ? ?
PSFTP (PuTTY) No No Yes No No No No No Yes Yes ?
Secure FTP Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ? ?
SmartFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Swish No No Yes No No No Yes ? No ? ?
Sysax FTP Automation Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes (script and command line) ? ?
Total Commander Yes Yes Yes (plugin) Yes Yes Yes (plugin) Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Transmit Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes (AppleScript) Yes Yes
UploadFTP Yes No Yes Yes Yes (Pro Only) No Yes Yes No Yes ?
WebDrive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (SFTP) Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 (ftp.exe) Yes No No No No No No No No ? No
WinSCP Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes (SFTP only) Yes (SCP command) Yes Yes Yes
WISE-FTP Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ?
WS_FTP Yes Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes Yes (Pro only) Yes Yes (Pro only) No Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) ?
Yummy FTP Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (AppleScript) Yes Yes
Client FTP FTP over SSH SFTP FTPS (FTP over SSL) FXP (Site2site transfer) DAV / HTTP(S) Compression Remote Compression API / Commandline available Resume Download Passive mode

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e ubuntuforums.org: 2007, 2GB data transfer limitation? Quote: "...The common 2 GB limit is actually a bug in many FTP clients. If he is using Windows, try the latest FileZilla...", kernel.org: FAQ: I can't download a file with size greater than 2GB, is your website broken?, Comparison of file systems#Limits
  2. ^ "Fixed in 7.50.3 - September 14 2016". cURL. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Version history". FileZilla. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "LFTP events". 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Recent Version History :: WinSCP". Retrieved 2016-09-14. 

See also[edit]