File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a popular and time-honored method of transferring files to and from a remote network site. FTP is built on a client-server architecture and uses separate control and data connections between the client and server applications. The FTP client connects to the FTP server, and enables the user to send and retrieves files from that server.
FTP is one of many different file transfer protocols that are used. Other examples include the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), BitTorrent, the SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), and Secure Copy (SCP).
In recent years, FTP’s popularity for general downloading files has declined. Linux distributions and software are now often downloaded by using direct downloads using a web browser, by BitTorrent, metalink, or by using a download utility such as Jigdo. FTP is often tucked away as a download option even if it is available. Whilst FTP can cause bandwidth problems it nevertheless remains a great way of moving large files.
We appreciate that FTP clients are not going to set your heart racing. However, they are a great tool for both web designers and web programmers alike.
To provide in insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 top quality open source FTP clients. There’s a mix of graphical and console based applications included. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for all types of users.
Now, let’s explore the 7 FTP clients at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|FileZilla||An extremely popular cross-platform client|
|gFTP||Multithreaded client providing both a command-line interface and GUI|
|FireFTP||Mozilla Firefox add-on|
|KFTPgrabber||Client for KDE|
|NcFTP||User-friendly and well-featured console based software|
|Free Open FTP Face||Lightweight client written in Python|
|LFTP||Sophisticated command-line transfer software|