Free FTP Client FTP Rush

Martin Brinkmann
May 10, 2011
Updated • Apr 26, 2015
Software, Windows software

I'm using WinSCP to transfer files from and to my web servers. The free sftp client offers everything that I could possibly need, and has never let me down.

Not everyone likes WinSCP's interface on the other hand. A viable alternative is the free ftp client FTP Rush.

FTP Rush's feature set looks fairly similar to that of WinSCP on first glance, but it quickly becomes obvious that the ftp client tops WinSCP in several areas.

When you look at the supported protocols, you will notice that FTP Rush lacks SCP support but offers FTPS and TFTP support instead.

Plus, it can be used to transfer files from one ftp server to another which is commonly referred to as FXP.

ftp rush free ftp client

FXP can be very handy when you move a website to another server, as you do not have to download the files to your local PC before you upload them to the new server.

The interface is highly customizable. You can move toolbars around and enable or disable most of the modules or data entries that are shown. The default interface looks like a mix of the Office 2003 and Windows XP interface, which may not be to everyone's liking. But this can be quickly changed in the program options.

A quick connection toolbar is displayed on top which you can use to connect to a host right away. All you need to do is to enter the hostname of the ftp server, and optionally the server's port and a legit username and password. FTP Rush supports simultaneous connections to multiple ftp servers. All connections are displayed in tabs in the main interface.

You can switch servers around easily, even if they are opened in different tabs. The usual information are displayed once the ftp client has established a connection with the selected ftp server. You find folders and files, sizes, dates and attributes listed in a directory like structure.

A right-click or the buttons on top of the ftp server are used to work with the server. You can transfer files, created, delete or edit directories or files or change chmod attributes.

One interesting feature are conditional transfers. You can use the feature to include only select folders and files of the selected files and folders in the transfer. Basic options include filtering files by file extensions, like html, php or pdf, and advanced options to transfer files based on regular expressions, size or date.

conditional ftp transfer

The site manager, accessible via the Tools menu, can be used to add servers permanently to the program, so that they can be opened directly on future visits. This is especially handy if the servers require custom configuration.

site manager

You can open those servers from the main interface after configuration.

The Tools menu offers access to other features. You can compare directories here, change layout and menus or access the hotkey manager. Many functions of the program are accessible via hotkeys which can speed up the workflow further.

FTP Rush creates connection, transfer and system logs automatically which can be used for troubleshooting and as a history.

Remote folder are automatically cached to speed up the directory browsing on the remote server.

The free ftp client FTP Rush offers everything that you'd expect from a professional grade ftp client plus some that you may not expect but will find handy at times.

If you are looking for a new software to connect to ftp servers, then this should be at the top of your list.

FTP Rush supports all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system.

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  1. vZ said on May 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Another good freeware (also made free from shareware) alternative is FTP Voyager.

  2. smaragdus said on June 22, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I have used many free FTP Clients- FileZilla, WinSCP, BitKinex, Xftp (which is now free for personal non-commercial use), the almost unknown tiny FFFTP- – which is lightning fast and even the living fossil LeechFTP which, although discontinued for more than 12 years still can be a viable choice, but when I discovered FTPRush it immediately became my favourite and my first choice FTP Client, it offers all I need and a lot more. It is great that the developers of FTPRush made it freeware, in fact it is better than most of the commercial clients (I would not say the best because I have not tested them all). It is very fast and has a nice gui, it is highly flexible, has a portable version too so one can have it on their external flash drive with all its configurations, it has customizable colour themes, it can be minimized to system tray, it offers download and upload speed limit, it support tabs, can monitor clipboard, it has a powerful hotkey manager, it supports UPnP, has detailed help file, it provides a wizard for the beginners, it is translated to 23 languages, it provides also detailed logging, file synchronization and bookmarks, a built-in search engine, auto-back-up, on-the-fly compression, scripting (built-in Script Designer) and can auto-keep connection alive. I have been using it for about a month and I am sure I have had just at glimpse upon it features. The only thing I miss is shell integration, bupasswordince I am using the portable version I am not sure whether this feature is available in the installable version or not. Overall, for me this is a great proffesional FTP Client and I hope it won’t be abandoned like BitKinex for example.

    1. smaragdus said on June 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

      It seems I triggered by mistake my auto-typing program- *bupasswordince* should be but since…

  3. chodorowicz said on May 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Looks very promising, especially the FXP option – did you manage to transfer files directly between servers? How do you do it? The help files are very slim ;)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Well it is more or less automatic, you just need to connect to two remote servers under the same tab, and both servers need to support it, obviously.

    2. chodorowicz said on May 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      OK, the instructions are here but my transfers are failing – probably it depends on server configuration.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        Yes it depends on the server.

  4. Peter Bockenhauer said on May 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Looks like there is no easy way to import Filezilla saved sites. This alone makes my barrier to entry kind of slim. :(

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Filezilla is an excellent client as well.

    2. Peter Bockenhauer said on May 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Big, not slim, you know what I mean… ;)

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