A fast FTP and SFTP client that features multiple connections support and a dual-pane interface for easier navigation, securing transfers using advanced protocols
What's new in FileZilla 3.56.1:Bugfixes and minor changes: macOS Monterey: Opening the Site Manager on startup is now delayed a millisecond, otherwise the right mouse button would have stopped working macOS: Fixed getting temporary directory MSW: Updated to libfilezilla 0.34.1 to fix local directory contents returned by the system in oversized buffers containing nulls
When it comes to high-speed file transfers that go beyond just uploading or downloading a few small files, nothing comes close to a reliable FTP client or FTP application.
Thankfully, there are a lot of extremely competent FTP apps out there, but probably none more prominent and more popular than FileZilla, a name that's become almost fully synonymous with FTP transfers.
The recipe for success
Initially released on 22 June almost two decades ago, FileZilla started in life as a computer science class project and is the brainchild of Tim Kosse and two classmates.
A big part of FileZilla's success has to do with its remarkable convenience. The connection to a server can be set up in mere seconds, and once that's done, it's smooth sailing forward even for the least experienced users.
The app boasts a familiar two-pane design that also features a drag-and-drop component, meaning that you can simply drag files from one panel to another to forgo transfers between your computer and the server and vice-versa with almost zero effort.
The panel below the file tree is where reserved for the file queue. You can pretty much decide what happens with each transfer by simply right-clicking the entry.
The beauty of FileZilla, though, is that it's easy enough for the average user, but also feature-packed to such a high level that appeals to the hardcore, advanced user as well.
Simple and easy to use, but not lackluster
One of the most important aspects of FileZilla is security, an aspect that's often overlooked by many FTP clients by default. To that end, FileZilla supports both FTP and SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol). SFTP allows files in transit to be "hidden" under an encrypted secure shell connection.
It can also run multiple server transfers at the same time, making it perfect for batch-transfer operations. You can also limit the number of simultaneous server connections from the Transfer menu. Better yet, you can configure the transfer speed limits for each instance of the transfer.
The app also allows you to search for remote files and even edit them remotely, as well as connect to FTP via VPN if you really need to. This way you can pretty much fully hide your IP during the transfers.
Another great feature is the ability to transfer and resume very large files of well over 4 GB, quite useful for Internet connection downtimes or other unforeseen events that might occur.
Other noteworthy features include support for filename filters, directory comparison, HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5, and FTP-Proxy support, IPv6 support, and synchronized directory browsing.
More is better - FileZilla Pro
FileZilla is still an open-source app after all these years and continues to be one of the most trusted apps in this particular niche.
Up until now, all of its features were absolutely free, but recently there have been some important upgrades to FileZilla, and hence, FileZilla Pro is also something you should consider.
FileZilla Pro aims to make FileZilla the prime app for all-things-file-transfer-related, in short, you can now transfer files between your PC (or Mac) and remote servers as well.
The supported cloud providers are Amazon S3, Blackblaze, B2, Box, Dropbox, Google Cloud, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft One Drive (and OneDrive for Business), Microsoft Sharepoint, OpenStack, Swift, and WebDAV.
If you're relying on FTP to transfer files, then you can't really go wrong with FileZilla. It has a remarkably user-friendly interface, a top-notch feature list, it works on all major platforms, and with the decently priced Pro version, you can also transfer files to and from some of the best cloud services.
FileZilla is part of these download collections: FTP Clients
LIMITATIONS IN THE UNREGISTERED VERSIONAll features are free except those of FileZilla Pro FileZilla Pro includes support for transfers between your PC and popular cloud services