Filezilla FTP Client
I have been working with the ftp client Filezilla for some time now and switched to release candidate three of the new and upcoming Filezilla 3 just recently. I have to use ftp clients on a daily basis to upload files to my websites and edit php and html files that are already on them. They are indeed useful for webmasters but on a decline when you take a look at all Internet users - my opinion but supported by the fact that most modern browsers support ftp downloads as well.
Filezilla comes with all the options and settings that one would expect from ftp software: It supports ssl and sftp connections, offers proxy support, upload and download queues, a comfortable site manager with import and export function, resume feature, keep alive system and custom commands.
It is furthermore possible to export and import sites which is a great feature if you have to use the ftp client on more than one computers. I was not able to spot any difficulties with this release candidate; If you want to be on the same side download Filezilla 2 instead.
Update: FileZilla development continued in recent years. The latest version at the time of writing (February 2013) is version 188.8.131.52 which you can download for Windows, Mac and Linux systems or as a source code directly from the project website.
The core functionality and interface has not changed a lot though. You can still use the quick connect feature to connect to an ftp server of your choice right from the main window of the application, or connect to one of the servers that you have added to the program permanently. The program displays local files on the left and remote files on the right, with folders and files separated in two different panes.
The transfer log is displayed at the bottom of the screen. You can add new servers to the program with the Ctrl-S shortcut which opens the server manager. Here you can configure as many ftp servers as you want. Each server you add here becomes available permanently in the program.
The latest version supports a couple of advanced features like IPv6, remote file search, logging to files or a network configuration wizard.
I also use FileZilla almost daily, haven’t had look at version 3 yet though, as not sure how stable it is yet. Maybe I should to check if my password recovery app (demp.se/y/2007/06/28/very-early-release-password-monkey) still works.
The best thing about filezilla3 is it has been written in wxWidgets. So it will work on ALL platforms (practically).
Also, there is NO GUI ftp client in linux that works from behind HTTP Proxy. Zilch! None!
Maybe filezilla3 will fix that ..
I’ve been using RC3 for a while now and haven’t spotted any problems as such.
Importing of the 2.x series Site Manager bookmarks happened without a hitch. However – the feature that I miss most in this is EDIT. There’s no right-click context-menu EDIT function for the file lists. With FZ 2.x if you needed to quickly fix some config file on your server, all you had to do was right-click > Edit on it and it got auto-downloaded and opened in your chosen editor. Once done with the editing it once again got re-uploaded to the server. A rather seamless and painless process. Not so with version 3 as yet.
Another major annoyance is that the drive / folder / file display panes in both remote and local view DO NOT REMEMBER their dimensions… i.e., if you adjust them to your liking once you close FZ, the settings are gone and they once again assume the default dimensions.
Last but not the least – it gets disconnected from the server after a but of idle time. FZ 2.x used to keep sending FEAT and a bunch of other useless commands at regular intervals to keep the connection alive.
Maybe by the time they’ve the final public release out, they’ll fix these issue.
Filezilla 3 isn’t 100% stable. It failed to upload some files to my server while Filezilla 2 had no problems.
I’m loving filezilla since I discovered it. I was kind of thinking of trying fire ftp but I have been trying to use less extensions. But really, besides IE, what other choices do you have???
Just wondering what the memory usage is like? I’m a permanent user of SmartFTP but sometimes feel it is a little beast ;) Thanks!
Speaking from experience, Filezilla seems to be faster and more lightweight than smartftp but I’m not sure wich is more stable. By the way, smartftp supports tabs, whereas Filezilla doesn’t.
sometimes i use this. sometimes i prefer fire-ftp for quick upload.
Thanks for the info, Kaixi Luo! :) For tab support, if you mean the tabs at the top for each different FTP account, then that’s definitely a must-must for me!
where can I download filezilla 2, since I need to use the proxy support.
you could try oldversion.com
Absolute trash with out the Proxy support. I don’t know why, but all the reviews across the internet say FZ 3 has Proxy support, but the author says he won’t be bringing it back. Quite a shame, FZ 2 became a near defacto standard for proxied enterprise sites.
2.2.32 is available here http://downloads.sourceforge.net/filezilla/FileZilla_2_2_32_setup.exe?modtime=1176722118&big_mirror=0
Author refuses proxies here http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=15273