Comparison of FTP client software

The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of File Transfer Protocol (FTP) clients. Unless otherwise specified in footnotes, comparisons are based on the stable versions without any add-ons, extensions, or external programs.

Free and open-source software edit

Client Developer Initial release Latest release License Copy files over 2 GB limit[1] Interface
Version Date
cURL Daniel Stenberg 1998 8.6.0[2]   2024-01-31 curl Yes CLI
Cyberduck David V. Kocher 2001 8.7.1[3]   2023-11-04 GPL-3.0-or-later Yes GUI and CLI
Far Manager Eugene Roshal / FAR Group 1996 3.0.6226   2023-12-14 BSD-3-Clause Yes TUI
FileZilla Community 2001 (January) 3.66.5[4]   2024-02-07 GPL-2.0-or-later Yes GUI
FireFTP Mime Čuvalo 2004 (September) 2.0.32[5]   2019-02-01 MPL-1.1, Charityware Yes (since version 2.0.5) Waterfox, Firefox pre-version 57 addon
Fugu University of Michigan Research Systems Unix Group 2003 1.2.0[6]   2005-05-02 Fugu[7] ? GUI
gFTP Brian Masney 1998 2.0.19[8]   2008-11-30 GPL-2.0-or-later Yes GTK+
lftp Alexander V. Lukyanov 1996 (August) 4.9.2[9]   2020-08-13 GPL-3.0-or-later Yes CLI
Macfusion Michael Gorbach 0 ? 2.0.4[10]   2010-12-03 Apache-2.0 ? GUI
NcFTP NcFTP Software Inc. 1991 3.2.6[11]   2016-11-27 ClArtistic Yes CLI
net2ftp David C. Gartner 2003 (January) 1.3[12]   2019-07-15 GPL-2.0-or-later ? Web application
Rclone Nick Craig-Wood 2014 (July) 1.65.2[13]   2024-01-24 MIT Yes CLI
tnftp Luke Mewburn 1999 20230507[14]   2023-05-07 BSD-4-Clause Yes CLI
WinSCP Martin Přikryl 2000 6.3.1[15]   2024-02-21 GPL-3.0-only Yes GUI and CLI

Proprietary freeware edit

Client Developer Initial release Latest release License Copy files over 2 GB[1] Interface
Version Date
CrossFTP CrossFTP Software 2006 1.99.2 2020-05-23 Proprietary Yes GUI
LeechFTP Jan Debis 1998 1.3 (Discontinued) Proprietary No GUI
FTP Voyager Rhino Software, Inc 1997 (January) 16.1.0.0 2013-08-20 Proprietary Yes GUI

Freeware and commercial editions edit

Client Developer Initial release Latest release License Copy files over 2 GB[1]
Version Date
Core FTP CoreFTP.com 2003 2.2 (build 1751) 2012-06-27 Freeware Yes
Fetch Fetch Softworks 1989 5.7.7 2017-12-02 Proprietary Yes
Secure FTP Glub Tech 1999 2.6.2 2013-07-27 Apache Yes
Sysax FTP Automation Codeorigin, LLC 2005 5.31 2012-04-12 Proprietary Yes

Trials of commercial edit

Client Developer Initial release Latest release License Copy files over 2 GB[1]
Version Date
AbsoluteTelnet Celestial Software 1996 9.49 2012-07-02 Proprietary Yes
Beyond Compare Scooter Software 1996 4.4.7 2023-10-19 Proprietary Yes
Commander One Eltima Software 2015 3.7.3831[16]   2023-08-25 Proprietary Yes
CrossFTP Pro CrossFTP Software 2006 1.98.7 2020-05-23 Proprietary Yes
CuteFTP Alex Kunadze/Globalscape 1994 macOS: 3.1.3
Windows: 9.3.0
2014-05-02
2018-07-11
Proprietary Yes
Directory Opus GPSoftware 1990 12.28 2022-06-03 Proprietary Yes
FlashFXP OpenSight Software, LLC 1999 5.4.0.3970 2017-04-01 Proprietary Yes
SmartFTP SmartSoft Ltd 1998 10.0.3185.0 2023-11-15 Proprietary Yes
Total Commander Christian Ghisler 1993 Android: 3.42[17]  
Windows: 11.03[18]  
2023-05-29
2024-02-21
Proprietary Yes
WebDrive South River Technologies, Inc. 1998 2017 2017-06-16 Proprietary Yes
WS_FTP Ipswitch, Inc. 1996 12.7 2018-11-27 Proprietary Yes
Yummy FTP Yummy Software 2004 1.9.0 2018-05-10 Proprietary, Setapp ?

Commercial edit

Client Developer Initial release Latest release License Copy files over 2 GB[1]
Version Date
ALFTP ESTsoft 2000 5.31 2012-02-01 Proprietary ?
ExpanDrive (formerly SFTPDrive) ExpanDrive, Inc 2005 Linux:
macOS:
Windows:


Proprietary Yes
ForkLift BinaryNights, LLC 2007 4.0.7[19]   2024-01-30 Proprietary Yes
FTP Explorer FTPx Corp. October, 1996 1.0.1.53 2012-01 Proprietary ?
Interarchy Nolobe Software Pty Ltd 1993 (as Anarchie) 10.0.6 2014-08-18 Proprietary Yes
Steed French Fry, SAS 2012 1.2.1.1169 2017-06-27 Proprietary Yes
Transmit Panic, Inc. 1998 5.6.4 2020-04-20 Proprietary Yes
WISE-FTP AceBIT 1998 7.0 (Build 7.0.4) 2012-03-16 Proprietary ?
edtFTPj Bruce P. Blackshaw 2000 2.5.0[20]   2016-07-06 Proprietary Yes
edtFTPnet Bruce P. Blackshaw 2003 2.2.1 2011-08-26 Proprietary Yes

Operating system support edit

The operating systems the clients can run on:

Client Windows macOS Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS ChromeOS
AbsoluteTelnet Yes No No No No No No
ALFTP Yes No No No No No No
Beyond Compare Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Classic FTP Yes Yes No No No No No
Codeanywhere (webbased) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Commander One No Yes No No No No No
Core FTP Yes No No No No No No
CrossFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
cURL (CL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
CuteFTP Yes Yes No No No No No
Cyberduck Yes Yes No No No No No
Directory Opus Yes No No No No Yes No
ExpanDrive Yes Yes No No No No No
Far Manager Yes No No No No No No
Fetch No Yes No No No No No
FileZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
FireFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
FlashFXP Yes No No No No No No
Fling FTP Yes No No No No No No
ForkLift No Yes No No No No No
FTP Client No Yes No No No No No
FTP Explorer Yes No No No No No No
FTP Voyager Yes No No No No No No
Fugu No Yes No No No No No
gFTP No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Interarchy No Yes No No No No No
LeechFTP Yes No No No No No No
lftp (CL) Yes (cygwin) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Macfusion No Yes No No No No No
Mosaic Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No
NcFTP (CL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
net2ftp (web-based) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
PSFTP (PuTTY) (CL) Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Rclone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Secure FTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
SmartFTP Yes No No No No No No
Steed Yes No No No No No No
Sysax FTP Automation Yes No No No No No No
Total Commander Yes No No No No No No
tnftp (CL) Yes (cygwin) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Transmit No Yes No No No No No
WebDrive Yes Yes No No No No No
WinSCP Yes No No No No No No
WISE-FTP Yes No No No No No No
WS_FTP Yes No No No No No No
Yummy FTP No Yes No No No No No
Client Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS ChromeOS

(CL) Command-Line interface only – no GUI (Graphical user interface)

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 Mode Z / Remote Compression API / Commandline available Resume Download Passive mode Parallel Transfer[21] Segmented Downloads[21]
AbsoluteTelnet No No Yes No No No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ?
ALFTP Yes No No Yes No No No ? ? ? ? ? ?
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 ? ? ? Yes ? ?
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 ? ?
Core FTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ? Yes[22]
CrossFTP Yes Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes (Pro only) Yes ? Yes Yes 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 ? 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 ? Yes No ? ? Yes Yes ? ?
Fetch Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes ? ?
FileZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes (basic) Yes Yes ? No
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 ? ? ? ?
ForkLift Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ? ?
FTP Client Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes ? ? ?
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 ? ? ? ?
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 ? ? Yes
Macfusion Yes ? Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Macfusion Yes ? Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
NcFTP Yes No No ? ? ? No ? Yes ? Yes ? ?
PSFTP (PuTTY) No No Yes No No No No No Yes Yes ? ? ?
Rclone Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Secure FTP Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
SmartFTP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
Steed Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No ? Yes ? ?
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 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes (AppleScript) Yes 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 Yes No
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) Yes ? ?
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 Mode Z / Remote Compression API / Commandline available Resume Download Passive mode Parallel Transfer Segmented Downloads

See also edit

References 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. ^ "curl 8.6.0". January 31, 2024.
  3. ^ "Changelog".
  4. ^ Error: Unable to display the reference properly. See the documentation for details.
  5. ^ "Release 2.0.32". February 1, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Research Systems Unix Group: Fugu". May 2, 2005. Archived from the original on February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Fugu license". Archived from the original on February 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Brian Masney (November 30, 2008). "gFTP 2.0.19 has been released".
  9. ^ "Release 4.9.2". August 13, 2020. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Macfusion2.0.4".
  11. ^ "NcFTP Client Home Page".
  12. ^ Error: Unable to display the reference properly. See the documentation for details.
  13. ^ "Release 1.65.2". January 24, 2024. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
  14. ^ "Index of pub/NetBSD/misc/tnftp/".
  15. ^ "6.3.1". February 21, 2024. Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  16. ^ "Commander One from the Electronic Team website :".
  17. ^ "Total Commander 3.42 final for Android available". Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  18. ^ "Total Commander 11.03 is available now!". Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  19. ^ "ForkLift 4.0.7 is available". January 30, 2024.
  20. ^ "edtFTPj/Free revision history".
  21. ^ a b "Multi-threaded and Segmented FTP · Whatbox". whatbox.ca. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  22. ^ "Core FTP - SFTP client features". coreftp.com. Retrieved July 15, 2020.