For some, the days of FTP are long gone. With the cost of drives so low as well as so many services moving to the cloud, the FTP server just seems to not be a necessity now. That, of course, is not a universal. There are plenty of situations that still call for a good "old fashioned" FTP session. And when you need to do FTP, you need a good client to handle the FTP session for you. One FTP client that stands above so many others is FileZilla. FileZilla is a cross-platform FTP client that is a perfect choice for the new and power user. (It is also a server. NOTE: Server is only available for Windows.) But does FileZilla have everything you need? Let's drill down into this FTP client and find out.
- Linux: Built specifically for Debian but will work with just about any distribution. Recommended you install with your Add/Remove Software utility.
- OS X: 10.5 or newer.
- Windows: XP, Vista, or 7
Who's it for?
If you have any need to transfer files back and forth to/from an FTP server you need to have the simplest client available and FileZilla might very well be that client. With an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop tabbed interface, FileZilla has next to no learning curve, but will be a welcome client for power users as well.
What problem does it solve?
FileZilla allows the user to quickly and easily transfer files to and from an FTP server with a drag-and-drop interface. And since FileZilla is cross platform (Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac) your users will feel at home no matter what platform they are using.
- Easy to use drag and drop interface
- Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
- IPv4 and IPv6 support
- Multi language support
- Resume and transfer for files larger than 4GB
- Tabbed interface
- Site Manager/transfer queue
- Transfer speed limits
- Filename filters
- Compare directory contents
- Network configuration wizard
- Remote file editing
- Keep-alive support
- HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
- Synchronized directory browsing
- Remote file search
The FileZilla user interface offers a very complete and easy to use experience with plenty of information for the power user as well as ease of use for the new user.
The biggest problem facing FileZilla is the simple fact that FTP is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Because of much easier to use Web-interfaces, FTP clients are a hard sell. Fortunately, for those that must rely on the old standby FTP client, FileZilla is one of the best. The only other issue is that you will want to encourage all users to take advantage of the more secure types of file transferred offered in FileZilla - unfortunately these are not the default.
Bottom line for businesses
If you have to rely on the older standard FTP client, you can not go wrong with FileZilla. With its simple to use interface, outstanding feature list, and cross-platform availability, no other FTP client comes close to bringing to the table what FileZilla brings. Any business, small or large, would do well to employ this powerful tool. FileZilla can easily make any level of user at home with an aging standard of file transfer.
Have you deployed FileZilla? If so, what was your experience? Would you recommend this FTP client to a fellow IT user?
Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.