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About FileZilla

FileZilla is a powerful and free software for transferring files over the Internet. FileZilla is a very popular FTP client and is used by webmasters from all over the world. With SiteGround you get unlimited FTP access and unlimited FTP accounts.

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The client supports FTP, SFTP and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS). Support for SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) is not implemented in FileZilla Server.

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  • Desktop Windows
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  • Desktop Linux

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  • Easy to use
  • Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
  • IPv6 support
  • Available in many languages
  • Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
  • Tabbed user interface
  • Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
  • Bookmarks
  • Draganddrop support
  • Configurable transfer speed limits
  • Filename filters
  • Directory comparison
  • Network configuration wizard
  • Remote file editing
  • Keep-alive
  • HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
  • Logging to file
  • Synchronized directory browsing
  • Remote file search
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  • If you are looking for a solid, reliable FTP tool for your Windows desktop, consider FileZilla. Available for free and containing every major tool you could need to manage your files, FileZilla is a perfect addition to your toolbox, and with a number of more robust tools in the FileZilla library, it scales well for professionals.

  • In the digital world of free and open-source FTP clients, FileZilla remains king, thanks to usability, feature set, low memory consumption, and general straightforwardness.

  • Downloading this program will provide you with fast and efficient service. Furthermore, the features are to die for. Filezilla support protocol, SSH file transfer and FTP. It is also available in many languages. This means that even those whose English is not their first language can make use of this program. For the best client service choose filezilla and see the magic it can work. Filezilla provides you with a wide variety of services. There is no other software that will allow you to transfer several files once. You now have the better option to downloading files easily. Filezilla will give you a whole new experience. All you have to do is just choose the file that you want to download and filezilla will do the rest for you. Furthermore, you are guaranteed of getting some of the best features by downloading this software. It is like you are opening ways to an experience that will make it easy to for you to relax. You can now say goodbye to having troubles with downloading your files.

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User Reviews

  • 16 In total

  • User review from

    Eric McCarthy

    Filezilla is a free program that is simple and easy to use. I am sure you can use it for complicated situations as well, but my experience is mainly as a basic FTP downloader and uploader. It’s a small program and not resource heavy or anything like that.

    The worst thing is when someone sends you an FTP website with hundreds of files to download and no way to download the whole folder or multiple files at once. Filezilla solves this issue. It works fast and is very helpful when dealing with several files to upload and download to a site.

    Pros :

    • It’s a free program and can be used as a portable version as well, making it even easier to use. You can save your logins if you want.
    • The side by side view makes it very easy to drag and drop files between your local storage and the FTP location.
    • The side by side and ease of navigating just adds to the overall user friendliness of this program.
    • Most of time you just need to enter in you site address, username, and password.
    • Usually, you don’t need to worry about entering the port number or anything like that. But the option is there for special circumstances.

    Cons :

    • The downsides to FileZilla mainly come from the fact that it is such a lightweight program. It has a no-frills interface that looks like it hasn’t changed in many years.
    • It’s very basic and plain looking.
    • When there are issues with connecting to a server, the error messages aren’t always helpful, especially if you aren’t very experienced with servers and protocols.
    • Sometimes it just spits back a generic error not letting you know why you cannot gain access. Another option which is lacking is the ability to compare files.
    • Whether it be by file size or date last modified it would be helpful to make sure you aren’t copying over new files.

    • June 21, 2016
  • User review from

    Ezequiel Olea Figueroa

    Filezilla is a simple, light and stable tool for file transfer. You could have it in two versions, one is the installed one, and the other is the portable version that works really well, and you don't have to install anything else.

    It is a very light software so you can download it for free very fast, and keep it anywhere.

    Filezilla is very powerful and works really fast. Also, it lets your storage your servers connection, so you don't need to configure the connection every time.

    Also, it keeps the passwords and the fast connections.

    Pros :

    What I most like of Filezilla is that:

    • It's really fast.
    • You can download for free and in a portable version.
    • It keeps the connection configuration with their passwords (Optional).
    • You can see the directory of the server and the directory on your computer, so it lets you organize better.
    • It lets you know when you are going to override a file on the server, and offers you a lot of available actions.
    • If you made a fast connection without configuring your site, the software saves it for later connections.
    • Is really easy to learn how to use it.

    Cons :

    What I dislike about this tool is:

    • There are a lot of updates, you have to update once a week, and if you don't update, an annoying pop-up appears ordering you to update.
    • Its graphic interface looks really old, like from Windows 98. It is a really helpful tool, but they could upgrade their GUI. With this upgrade maybe newer people feel less intimidated of start using it.
    • If you have a problem with the connection or the speed is not really fast, it may appears some problems with the connection retry or the upload retry.
    • When the connection problems appears it will take a while to stabilize and start working well again.
    • Maybe it will be great having a tool to compare two files with the same name and see which changes were made.

    • June 3, 2016
  • User review from

    Enmanuel Durán Salas

    Filezilla is a good FTP Solution to manage your files, I've used for many years to manage my web projects and it has made the job without any major problems. It's important to mention that it's one of the most known FTP Managers out there because it means that the community behind it is big and active. File transfers are stable and fast.

    Pros :

    Filezilla is a good client to manage your file transfers, it's very specific when your are uploading your files or downloading, it let you knows everything about the queue, here are some of the things about it that I like the most:

    • The interface is very intuitive and simple compare to others software of this kind
    • You can manage multiple types of authentication SSH, Normal with user and Password or anonymous.
    • Great files status info when downloading or uploading a file.
    • Constantly getting updates, this is a little bit tedious sometimes because updates are too often, but at the end of the day, it is something that will improve the performance and your experience.
    • You can manage multiple Sites at once by using multiple tabs, it maintains the session open without any conflicts between them.
    • It can handle multiple protocols, I have used both of them FTP and SFTP and I didn't notice any problem in any of them.
    • One thing I've found recently is the capacity to limit your simultaneous connections, if you are a programmer you will understand the problem of overwriting files, thanks to this you won't have to worry too much about it.
    • It's Free.

    Cons :

    In all my time using Filezilla I haven't realized important cons but there are a couple of things that can still be improved:

    • Sometimes you can get some error alerts when opening a session and you will have to restart it but nothing else.
    • It's not the most secure solution to store your passwords, if you get hacked someday it wouldn't be hard to get them.

    • May 4, 2016
  • User review from

    Waldson Moura

    It's a great option to access your FTP without complications. You can pretty much use all functionalities that a UI can give to you as you were using your file system! It gives you access to the most common features as you can see under Pros.

    Pros :

    • Create folder on a server side.
    • Move multiple files.
    • Delete multiple files.
    • Change file permission on the server side.
    • Manage multiple servers and group by folder.
    • Limit the speed for files transfer.
    • Multilingual.
    • There are many other advanced features available, but the good part it that FileZilla e flexible enough to work for basic or advanced users.

    Cons :

    • Not being able to navigate through symlinks. Whenever you have a symlink (pointing to a folder), it would be great to use it to navigate; it's even worse the fact that does not show at least the path. If you have to access a server that you not familiar with (let's say a new job), it's hard to navigate.
    • Too many updates, almost every time you open there's an update there. It becomes annoying after a while.

    • April 2, 2016
  • User review from

    Christian Scarlett

    On Linux/Unix systems most FTP and SFTP transfers are carried out using the command line. With any other OS (or for those times when you prefer a GUI) you will want to consider using a program like FileZilla. There are many of these available with FileZilla being one of the more familiar and widely used of them out there. A server version to use as the file host is available should you want it.

    FileZilla handles large volumes of file transfer modestly well and is secure when using the right protocol – it’s an SFTP capable client. Individual security preferences can be tweaked and set of your own accord too in the settings. You can even use an encrypted form of FTP with FileZilla. Also, like most of its freeware counterparts FileZilla is open source meaning you don’t have to pay anything for any software licenses; try it out for free by simply downloading the client.

    Other features that are nice additions and make work easier using FileZilla are:

    Default directories relative to the server (both local and remote) can be designated. A site manager is included that lets you store a list of all the servers you might want to connect to in the future (their network details – IP, Port, etc.). Individual tabs for each host connections are used and make navigation easier. Finally, transactions are pausable and resumable with the option to edit remote files while connected, or even watch them for future changes.

    As for reasons why you might not want to use FileZilla and consider a different client. FTP itself is becoming more and more obsolete as time goes on. Rendering the use of clients like FileZilla questionable. If not this then the user interface can be a bit unfriendly to newer users who don’t grasp the concept or layout straight away. More recently there are some illegitimate versions of the software that come bundled with malware, so always download the software from the official trusted source.

    I still find the use for FileZilla from time to time and can see why people still appreciate it as their go-to client for all things FTP. Do check out it its alternatives, though.

    Pros :

    • Handles large volumes of file transfer insecure manner when used properly.
    • Is open-source/freeware so doesn't cost anything to use or try out.
    • Site Manager tool keeps a list of hosts and their details so you can connect to them continuously.
    • Useful features - host tabs, flexible file transferring, remote editing with user privileges, watch feature, etc.

    Cons :

    • Use of FTP protocols are considered a dying practice by many, and are getting more and more outdated.
    • The UI can seem foreign or unintelligible to new users.
    • Some reports of Malware being bundled into downloads and mistrust of the SourceForge hosting platform exist.

    • March 25, 2016
  • User review from

    Steve Blankenship

    If you're looking for a secure program to transfer large files, FileZilla would be a great choice. The fact that FileZilla is open source software means it's free to use. It can also be used across various platforms (e.g. Windows, iOS, Linux, etc.). File transfers can be performed by a simply drag and drop. The security level can be set up to support various encryption methods. The only way to use this program is to download one a computer. There is no web browser version.

    Pros :

    -The security levels can be adjusted depending on your own preferences.
    -My organization receives thousands of records a day through FileZilla, so it's great for large volumes.
    -It makes it easier to transfer files between different organizations without having to pay for storage from other file sharing and content management programs.
    -FileZilla is dedicated specifically to transferring files.
    -It's easier to use because everything is on one page, rather than having to switch between folders and screens.
    -The drag and drop feature is very easy, convenient, and quick to use. One of the best characteristics is being able to use this programs to access your website's server.
    -This allows users to transfer files from local machines to their servers.

    Cons : -FileZilla is not very user-friendly to set up.
    -The view is also much different than other file sharing and content management programs, which most have desktop integrations and web browser access.
    -FileZilla can only be accessed by the desktop application.
    -There are also no mobile application options.
    -It is designed more for the computer literate who wants to connect local machines to their servers.
    -It's also necessary to understand the difference between FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).
    -If you set this up to transfer files between different organizations, then your clients will also need to download this application as well, and it will be necessary to set up a username and password for them.

    • March 12, 2016
  • User review from

    Jorge Guberte

    With Filezilla, the user can quickly upload and download files over an FTP server. Since I work mostly with web development, it is an essential tool for me. It is straightforward and practical, with a complete feature set. As the apparent standard FTP in the industry (at least in Windows environments), you can expect any new member in your team to be already familiar with Filezilla.

    The user can store credentials in the site manager, and there is a quick connection feature that remembers the sites you have access too.
    It is a cross-platform software and has many languages to choose.

    Pros :

    • It's free, open source, has a complete feature set, it is lightweight.
    • The website manager is very useful.

    Cons :

    • The icon toolbar is counter-intuitive, since it only shows icons, and you have to hover over each image to see what it does.
    • Sometimes Filezilla lists file transfers as failed, but they haven't failed; I think that's inconsistency.

    • March 9, 2016
  • User review from

    Luca Campanelli

    Filezilla is an open source software, it has been developed to allow anyone to make a secure connection to an FTP server or SFTP server. To download the client, you need to go to the official website https://filezilla-project.org/ and download the latest version of the executable (available for Windows 64-bit).

    Pros :

    • The interface is very simple, Windows-style, is divided into 6 main quadrants, the upper and lower are purely logging, show each transaction (including actual commands sent to the server as the request and response of opening connection for example).
    • The other four quadrants are respectively 2 left and 2 right and serve the one on the left to browse the local server and the right to navigate the remote server.
    • To start a connection to the remote server, you will only need to enter the Host Name or IP address, username, password, and obviously the communication port. Click Quick Connect, and you're in.
    • You can do a quick comparison of the different directories with FileZilla you can first make changes easily to files on the remote server without having to unload and reload every time all over again the file.
    • You have a complete logging of operations carried out, in order to quickly synchronize the differences between the various directories.
    • You can use a proxy, you can search for files on the remote server for both single name for both single file extension.
    • You can pause and resume later transfers in progress.
    • You can also use a number of shortcuts that speed much work.
    • Another convenience of FileZilla is the tail of the transfer, in practice, if you are uploading many files, he will manage the file transfer by transferring files neatly in an automatic one by one. You can monitor this transfer process directly from Filezilla.

    Cons :

    • Previously, there was a limit on more than 4 GB file, in the latest versions, however, this issue has been resolved.

    • February 13, 2016
  • User review from

    Tommy Boucher

    Do you remember the question: What are the first tools you install when you get on a new computer? I am always trying to keep this list short since I already speak too much, but, if you are working in any IT roles, from developers to Web Designers, you need FileZilla. In the Site Manager, you configure all your destinations. FTP and SFTP are supported, with many authentication methods. FTP supports both encrypted or not. The encrypted transfer is more CPU intensive, and a little slower, but should always be used, you don’t know who is watching your network. You can configure each site to Bypass proxy, but not to use a specific proxy. Strange behavior in my own opinion. You will set your Default local and remote directory (optional but very time saving since each project should be in different paths…). You can configure different site configurations for the same FTP, but with different local and remote Directory, I do it a lot. You can choose between Active and Passive transfer, based on your server and Firewall configuration. Other options and configurations are global (including proxy). You can work on multiple servers at the same time, using the Tabs (auto created when you connect to a second site). You can open the same site in multiple Tabs if needed, like working on different folders at the same time. The Quickconnect keeps a history, you can then save it to your Site Manager when you realize you keep going to the same FTP servers. You can Queue your transfer, and Pause or Resume it at any time. You can choose to always overwrite, only for the site, or only for the current queue. I don’t know why the keep timestamp isn't enabled by default, it screws everything otherwise (server needs to support it). When you edit a file from FileZilla, you can choose to “watch changes” to upload it after. I’ve sometimes seen when editing the local file, FileZilla asked to upload it since it changed from the FTP. I don’t know since when, and where it does, but I like it.

    Pros : Clean UI, and powerful, at the same time. Best FTP tool ever! (IMO).

    Cons : It’s not embedded in Windows, you have to install it, every time, what a shame =-) Configuration is saved under AppData\Roaming\FileZilla instead of My Documents. Not everyone backup and restore AppData…

    • December 24, 2015
  • User review from

    Raviraj Raikar

    Filezilla is quite impressive when it comes to FTP and SFTP solutions. The best part about it is free to download and free to use. It has the most intuitive interface with good strong features. On the home interface itself, it provides you quick FTP connection with as little information as hostname, username, password and port no. The connection is quick enough and once connected one can easily traverse to different folders or directories in the target connection. Identify the files and folders which one wants to download on their local machine. With just a double-click, the files and folders get copied to your local machine. Traversing between the folders is quite easy enough.

    Pros :

    • It has provision to create new site connections by opening the Site manager interface, where all the FTP connections can be stored.
    • So the next time when one connects to FTP, he/she can select the stored connection, which then can easily connect without additional input.
    • For security concern one may not save the password in the connection, he/she can enter it when one wants to connect to the server.
    • It also allows editing of the files, and the changes gets stored on the server. Navigation and searching your file is easy as it provides you sorting of files and documents base on creation date, last update, file name, created by, etc
    • . There are other features provided by Filezilla. In case, a file is already being transmitted, and the user wants to transmit the second file, and then he can add the file to a queue, once the first file gets copied to its destination, the files which are in the queue gets processed.
    • ne can also create a directory, change the file permission or delete the files.

    Cons :

    • For high volume files and documents, it takes considerable time to copy the data between server.

    • December 19, 2015
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