The 8+ best free and paid Windows 10 FTP clients
Even though managing website files through web hosting dashboard is an easy task, it is a proven fact that many users prefer FTP clients when it comes to updating or uploading website files.
Today’s most web hosting service providers supply some sort of web-based solutions for uploading files and managing remotely stored digital content.
This works well for the basic activities but when it comes to uploading huge directories of files, it can be stressful. This is where File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client comes in.
An FTP client is a program designed to transfer files back-and-forth between two computers over the internet. Once installed in your computer, it connects to a web server in order to upload and download files.
Given how secure, reliable, and easy to use FTP is, a dedicated FTP client software program is a must for your computer.
It includes goodies like multi-protocol support, instant synchronization, and drag and drop functionalities that make uploading large files a breeze.
In this article, we are going to discuss the best free and paid FTP client programs for Windows 10.
Best free and paid FTP clients for Windows 10
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FileZilla is one of the most popular FTP clients available in the market today. This FTP client open source software is distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Despite what its name suggests, FileZilla is not related to any Mozilla project. However, its popularity is quite similar and one may be forgiven for thinking that FileZilla is the Firefox of free FTP clients.
FileZilla is a multi-platform FTP client and is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. This powerful FTP client boasts of a dozen user-friendly features and an intuitive user interface that supports multiple protocols.
Apart from the standard FTP, FileZilla also offers support for SFTP, FTPS, and IPv6. It comes with an impressive set of documentation and tab-based interface that easily bring newbies on board.
You can use FileZilla to easily transfer large files (over 4GB) since it supports resumption and pausing of the transfer process. Navigation is a piece of cake, thanks to the hierarchal tree-like listing of folders and files.
Uploading is even easier; all you have to do is select the file or folder you want to upload and hit the ‘Upload’ button.
Other handy features include automatic logging, directory comparison, user configurable file transfers, and bookmarks.
Easy to use and bursting with premium features, Cyberduck is one of the best free FTP clients for Windows 10. Featuring a minimalistic user interface, Cyberduck offers support for both Windows and Mac OS X.
If you care a lot about the looks of the FTP client you use, then Cyberduck might be of great interest to you. It offers unlimited support for FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, and OpenStack Swift.
It also offers support for Google Cloud Storage as well as Rackspace Cloud Files comprehensively covering all you need to manage your site.
Cyberduck has one of the most impressive Graphical User Interface. There is a handy Quick Look feature that enables you to quickly access the files while the support for editors feature helps you edit the files instantaneously.
Just like FileZilla, Cyberduck is super easy to use. To transfer a file, all you have to do is click ‘upload’ option and Cyberduck will take it from there.
Cyberduck is very convenient as you can even view the file transfer progress through the ‘Transfers’ section.
Other handy features of Cyberduck include synchronization of local and remote directories, desktop notifications, history logs, and bookmarks.
FireFTP offers a powerful FTP client that brings the power of FTP protocol right into your favorite browser. FireFTP only works with Firefox. If you are using Mozilla Firefox browser, then you don’t have to install special software.
All you need to do is to install the FireFTP add-on and you will have a perfect and secure FTP client on your browser. FireFTP can be your best choice if you want all the features of an FTP client but you don’t want to leave your browser.
The program is very secure and is free for download.
Being a Mozilla Firefox add-on, it is available on a new Firefox tab and it has all the notable features you would expect from a typical FTP software program.
These features include support for multiple protocols including SFTP, IPv6, proxy support, FXP support, file compression, drag and drop features, File Hashing, and timestamp synchronization.
In addition, the interface is so easy to use and you won’t need any sort of description to understand it.
Free FTP by Coffeecup
Free FTP by Coffeecup Software demystifies the importance of having an intuitive interface for FTP clients.
It comes with an intuitive design and a straightforward interface that makes it the easiest FTP client for users to hop in and use even without any prior experience. There is no trial and error here.
If you want to connect to the server, just press the server button and everything opens. If you want to upload content, just select the content and click ‘download’ button. No redirection here, everything opens automatically on a single click.
The free FTP client software for Windows 10 packs quite a punch. It’s designed with a dual-panel interface that quickly lets you navigate through the files stored locally as well as remotely stored.
If you want a quick file transfer, you can simply drag and drop it from one pane to the other. There is also an activity pane that lets you know of the download progress. It also allows you to apply basic operations like renaming and deleting files.
WinSCP is another open source FTP client that supports the encrypted SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV. It features a dual-panel interface that simplifies the process of transferring files between your computer and the remote server.
Just as the first three letters suggest, WinSCP is only compatible with Windows platform and it comes with other premium features such as remote editor capabilities, integrated text editor and many more.
Talking of the UI, WinSCP has a file manager interface that resembles the Windows Explorer or the Norton Commander.
Using the software is simple and straightforward; drag and drop feature makes it easy to upload files and the program also supports a host of other operations such as changing of properties, duplication, moving, and directory synchronization.
WinSCP is a great and versatile program that you get free of charge and you can choose from one of the 38 languages available.
Best FTP clients for Windows 10 (paid version)
And now let’s see what are the best premium paid FTP tools available on the market.
These tools bring additional features and options compared to the free software listed above.
– You can easily find and transfer any files directly from your desktop search engine. The search can be customized by file type, date and size. It allows you to drag and drop all of these files from your computer to a repote FTP server or between servers if you have more of them.
– WS_FTP has a strong security, protecting your files during the transfer using multiple crytpographies (256-bit, AES, FIPS 140-2) and also an Open PGP file encryption (well, that’s a security monster!)
– It allows you to make your action-schedule and keeps safe the files that you scheduled to be transferred. It also can backup, synchronize, schedule, compress and even notify by mail.
This is a tool which will provide you a great user experience and a high-quality service due to its functionalities.
FlashFXP is one of the most powerful FTP and FTP clients available for download. Wrapped up in a friendly interface with great online tutorials, FlashFXP is a great way to manage your websites in a professional manner.
The interface is intuitive and offers a high degree of customization, allowing you to change almost every element on the interface from the toolbar to fonts to color and more.
Apart from the standard FTP, FlashFXP offers support for SFTP and FTPS along with strong password encryption and other high-end security features.
You will find superb features in every section, from connectivity to interface, transfers, and performance. There is also an inbuilt file scheduling system and other webmaster-oriented tools.
However, all this does not come free. There is a thirty day trial period after which you buy the program at a cost of $29.95.
SmartFTP is another powerful FTP clients software that is compatible with Windows 10. This powerhouse FTP may take some time for you to get used to, but you will be glad that you gave it a try.
It is fully customizable and you can customize almost every element to make the interface suits your taste.
SmartFTP offers ‘drag and drop‘ options just like other FTP client’s software but its real power lies in the menu options.
Here you will find advanced file transfer options like site-to-site transfers (FXP), multiple FTP connections, background file transfers, CHMODE remote file attribute modifications, and passive mode transfers.
SmartFTP also allows connections via SSL or proxy. You can even use the Global Queue window to schedule uploads to more than one server, a feature that you might not find in any other FTP client software.
Other than uploading and downloading files, it can also perform a variety of tasks like backup. Its pricing plan is based on a number of users but the professional (basic) plan costs $59.95.
Classic FTP is a free and one of the most powerful FTP clients application for Windows 10 that is light on system resources.
Like most other programs on the list, Classic FTP also has a dual panel interface for navigating through the files and folders stored locally and remotely as well.
However, its use is slightly different from the rest. For instance, to transfer files to remote server, you have to hit the large directional arrow button after selecting the files you want to transfer.
To synchronize local and remote content, you click the double sided arrow button shown in the image above.
Classic FTP is a very stable solution you can use to maintain your website. It has support for both Windows and Mac operating systems and files transfer is done securely over an FTP SSL connectivity.
Other additional features include class bookmarking and configuration capabilities, synchronization tools that ensure all folders are updated and the drag and drop functionality.
Classic FTP is a great tool to manage your websites and comes with all the features you would expect in a premium FTP client application.
There are many FTP client software programs on the market today but the above list only targets the programs that are compatible with Windows 10.
Every FTP software in this article has garnered very high consumer reviews and their quality is guaranteed.
When compared to the conventional web UI scenario, File Transfer Protocol clients are way too easier since you can securely upload large files without any interruptions and within the shortest time possible.
Most of them are also very secure and have support for multiple protocols which makes them the best option for website management.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
Best free Windows 10 FTP clients
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