An FTP client is a program used to transfer files to and from an FTP server using the File Transfer Protocol. An FTP client usually has a graphical user interface with buttons and menus that help you with file transfers. However, some FTP clients are completely text-based and run from a command line.

In this article we have handpicked some of the best FREE FTP clients. The goal was to find the most reliable, secure and easy to use FTP tool for all your web design files editing and uploads.

1. FileZilla

Topping my list is FileZilla, an open source FTP client. It’s fast, being able to handle simultaneous transmissions, and supports SFTP and FTPS (which stands for FTP over SSL). What’s more, it’s available on all operating systems, so if you work on multiple computers.

Available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux

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2. Cyberduck

Cyberduck can take care of a ton of your file-transferring needs: SFTP, WebDav, Amazon S3, and more. It has a minimalist UI, which makes it super easy to use.

Available on Windows and Mac OS

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3. FireFTP

This Mozilla Firefox add-on gives you a very capable FTP/SFTP client right within your browser. It’s available on all platforms that can run Firefox.

Available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux

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4. Classic FTP

Classic FTP is a file transfer client that’s free for non-commercial use. It has a very simple interface, which is a good thing, because it makes it easy and intuitive to use. I like its “Compare Directories” feature that’s helpful for seeing differences between your local and remote files.

Available on Windows and Mac OS

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5. WinSCP

This popular FTP client has a very long list of features, and if you’re a Windows user, it’s certainly worth a look. WinSCP can deal with multiple file-transfer protocols (SFTP, SCP, FTP, and WebDav). It has a built-in text editor for making quick text edits more convenient, and has scripting support for power users.

Available on Windows

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Which FTP client do you use?

There’s a great deal of FTP clients out there. If your favorite FTP client isn’t on the list, please mention it in the comments for the benefit of other readers. And if you’ve used any of the FTP clients mentioned here, please do share your thoughts about them too.