Every web designer and developer has a favorite FTP client. Some have been using the same FTP client for years.
However, there are plenty of new FTP clients available today. FileZilla is not the best anymore. Now, there are way better FTP clients that are more suitable for modern server management tasks, like managing your files on cloud-based servers.
Here is our list of 10 Best FTP Clients for Windows of 2017
WinSCP is the most popular FTP client among Windows users. It’s a completely free open-source software that comes with a beginner-friendly user interface and it even supports drag-and-drop file uploading and downloading.
In addition to the simple Explorer and Commander interfaces, WinSCP also has an integrated text editor for editing your website files directly from the FTP client without having to launch a separate app.
Also, WinSCP allows you to safely store and manage each website you log in through the FTP client with a master password. This makes things much easier for you to quickly and safely log into your websites at a later time.
Download Link: https://winscp.net/eng/index.php
Cyberduck is a new contender in the FTP client world. However, many developers are already falling in love with it. Unlike most other FTP clients, Cyberduck features a beautiful user interface and comes with more advanced features for getting things done easily.
Cyberduck describes itself as an FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Backblaze B2, Azure and OpenStack Swift browser. That’s a whole lot of stuff you can do with one app. As you can see from the screenshot above, Cyberduck also plays well with cloud-based servers like Amazon S3. It even seamlessly integrates with external text editors for editing your website files in your favorite code editing app.
Download Link: https://cyberduck.io/?l=en
Transmit is the favorite FTP client among Mac users. The beautiful user interface and smooth explorer in this app make it truly one of a kind. Hence the premium price tag. Luckily Transmit comes with a few special features to live up to its price.
One of the key features of Transmit is its speed. The latest version of Transmit features a technology called Transmit Twin-Turbo engine, which allows you to upload, download, and delete files on servers at up to 25 times faster. The app also has another useful feature named Transmit Disk where you can mount your favorite volumes for easier access.
Download Link: https://panic.com/transmit/
FileZilla used to be the best FTP client out there, especially with support for Linux PCs. However, recently the app turned out to be a malware-infested nightmare for Windows users. So, we highly recommend Windows users to avoid using this FTP client or at least avoid downloading the app from Sourceforge.
Other than the malware issue, FileZilla is a decent FTP client you can use to transfer and manage your files. Linux and Mac users don’t have to worry about the malware and FileZilla is still a favorite among many developers who use Linux PCs.
Download Link: https://filezilla-project.org/
SmartFTP is one of the most expensive FTP clients out there, which also comes with extended features most suitable for advanced developers. SmartFTP is an all-in-one FTP, FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, OneDrive, SSH, Terminal client.
The features you get with SmartFTP depends on which version you buy, the Enterprise edition, which is the most expensive version of the software comes with several unique features like scheduled file transfers, file encryption, and even email notifications. There’s a reason why it’s called “smart”.
Price: $69.95 – $169.95
Download Link: https://www.smartftp.com/
Free FTP is a simple and an elegant FTP, SFTP, and FTPS client that does the job of server file management quite perfectly. Although, Free FTP client is not completely “free”. The full version of the app costs $39.
Free FTP features pretty much the same basic features you see on any other FTP client, including a beginner-friendly user interface, browsing history, and more. The full version of Free FTP, which is called Direct FTP, comes with additional features like a smooth text editor, image editing, faster uploading, and bookmarks.
Download Link: http://www.coffeecup.com/free-ftp/
CuteFTP is expensive for a reason. Because it’s more than just an FTP client. It also comes with a secure mobile file sharing system called TappIn, which allows you to safely share files on your computer between your mobile devices such as iPhones, Android phones, and laptops.
In addition, CuteFTP also supports scheduling for fully-automated transfers, OpenPGP encryption, a built-in text editor, and much more. Given its advanced features and the price tag, this app is mostly suitable for experienced developers.
Download Link: https://www.globalscape.com/cuteftp
WebDrive is a file transfer client that you can use to access and manage all your cloud-based servers and accounts in one place, including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and more.
WebDrive comes with a beautiful user interface and it’s easy to use. But, the app also offers several advanced features, like the ability to resume interrupted downloads, a simple backup utility, password encryption, and even has apps for iPhone and iPad.
Download Link: https://southrivertech.com/products/webdrive/
FireFTP is a different kind of an FTP client. It’s actually an add-on for Firefox that works on the browser, allowing you to use the FTP client without having to install any software on your computer.
The main benefit of FireFTP is that it’s cross-platform. As long as you have Firefox on your computer, you’ll be able to use FireFTP. However, since this is a browser extension, you should expect your file transfers to be slower than a dedicated FTP client.
Having said that, FireFTP is still a fairly good FTP client, especially during emergency situations, like when you’re trying to access your server using a friend’s laptop or a public computer.
Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fireftp/
File Manager is a free WordPress plugin that lets you access and explores your core WordPress system files directly from your WordPress dashboard without having to use an FTP client.
Even though it’s technically not an FTP client, File Manager plugin provides WordPress beginners an easier way to upload, delete, copy, move, and extract files on their WordPress server without needing any technical experience or having to install an FTP client on their computer.
Download Link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/file-manager/