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FileZilla -- Freeware FTP/SFTP Client

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 3:56 PM by Randall

I've been using CuteFTP Pro for many years. I bought it back at version 3 when it was the cheapest worthwhile program that handled SFTP (secure FTP). As I had to have SFTP for my work, I could not use a freeware client as none available then did SFTP. CuteFTP Pro is now up to version 8. Version 7 did not impress me much and the changes in version 8 make me think the main reason it was released was to provide cash for GlobalSCAPE from those who feel they have to upgrade every program to the latest and greatest version just because a new version has been released.

After deciding not to upgrade CuteFTP this time around either, I realized that I had not checked for freeware FTP/SFTP clients in years. I looked around and discovered that there were now several. FileZilla, an open source project quickly captured my attention. It looked to be a nice, modern FTP client that also handles SFTP and FTP over a SSL connection. I downloaded it yesterday and gave it a try. It does everything that I need and more. If it continues to do so after a week or two of regular use, my aging version of CuteFTP Pro will be coming off my hard drive.

The main features of FileZilla as listed on the FileZilla web site are:

* Ability to resume Uploads/Downloads (if the server supports it)
* Custom Commands
* Site Manager with folders
* Keep Alive system
* Timeout detection
* Firewall support
* SOCKS4/5 and HTTP1.1 Proxy support
* SSL secured connections
* SFTP support
* Upload/Download Queue
* Drag & Drop
* Multi-language support
* GSS authentication and encryption using Kerberos

As I maintain several web sites, I've used it enough to know that it works well for everyday operations and actually seems to be a bit faster than my ancient version of CuteFTP Pro.

Rating: 5.0
Operating System: Windows 2K, XP, or better
License: Open Source (GNU License)
Price: Free
Version: 2.2.26a
Web Site: http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/
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