A free, lightweight and powerful cross-platform FTP product


Our rating: 

License: Free (Open source)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free FTP Client
Categories: Networking, FTP Client

Pros & Cons:

Easy to use, feature rich, includes site manager functions.
Does not support site-to-site transfer, passwords saved in open text.

Our Review:

FileZilla is the darling of the OSS crowd and certainly does the job. Some users report that WS_FTP Pro (the commercial program) has lately become far too bloated, and instead they have turned to one of the capable and lightweight freeware applications.

FileZilla seems to be their favourite. It is a very credible alternative to WS_FTP and has most of the features; it's lightweight in comparison but in my book that is often better. It uses a simple layout based on a two-pane interface that looks a bit like the early versions of WS_FTP. But this simplicity is deceptive, it is actually quite a powerful product.

There's a full-featured site manager, firewall and proxy support, SFTP, SSL and Kerberos GSS security, restart, drag 'n drop and a lot more. The only significant feature that's missing is site-to-site transfer, but that's probably of no importance to most users. What is of importance is that FileZilla is totally reliable and very easy to use. The new V3 of FileZilla adds support for Linux, Mac OS X and FreeBSD.

There's also a free FileZilla FTP server which I haven't used but I hear that it's just as good as the client. There is now a 3PD (3rd-party developer) portable version of FileZilla that has various uses, including being able to place it on a flash drive and take it with you for a no-install (anonymous) use on any PC.

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FileZilla automatically downloads program updates to users. They don't ask. I had my settings to never check automatically for updates, but every time I opened FileZilla, there was a message that A) There's an update, and B) It's in your download folder. Impolite and untrustworthy. And this is in addition to the issue of whether or not FileZilla comes bundled with malware. I'd rather not take the chance.