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Core FTP LE

CNET Editors' review

Core FTP Lite is a top-notch freeware FTP client, with a wide, uncluttered layout to keep things organized. Easy to use and lacking only the most advanced of features, like multisite connections, Core FTP is a must-have.

Major functions such as Site Manager for maintaining connection information, Quick Reconnect, and mode switching are given big buttons on the toolbar. When you're connected to a site, though, the file-management pane also replicates buttons for most of these functions so you don't have to mouse very far to use the tool you need. The client supports all essential FTP functions, including multiple transfers, secure protocols, configurable ASCII uploading for specified file types, browser integration, and more.

There are few downsides to using this app. There's no scheduler. Some users have noted past stability issues, both in general and when conducting large transfers, but it seems that many older bugs have been worked out. We noticed no problems during our tests and strongly recommend Core FTP Lite.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Powerful ftp tool."

    September 6, 2013  |   By Chandaxi

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1778

    Pros

    it's free and powerful as other of the best paid ftp tools.

    Cons

    no cons detected.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Always reliable. Long-time user and I still love it."

    May 5, 2012  |   By AnnieDanny

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1741

    Pros

    It's simple and easy to use, yet has powerful features. And it's free.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Summary

    I've used a lot of FTP Client programs and this one has settled in as my favorite now. I've been using Core FTP a long time, several years. Never have a problem with it. Love it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK but there are better!"

    February 21, 2012  |   By BW1936

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1727

    Pros

    Very simple to use.

    Cons

    Can only retain login details for one host.

    Summary

    Ideal for someone with only one website.

    Updated on Feb 21, 2012

    FileZilla is better!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does exactly what it needs to"

    February 20, 2012  |   By Shadowtwin

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1725

    Pros

    Free. Simple interface. Simple setup. Profile Backup. I've been using a version of this for several years without issue. I've even used it to ftp an entire website from one host to another (to save myself a couple of bucks in transfer fees).

    Cons

    None to speak of.

    Summary

    I switched to this ftp several years ago after running into a couple of issues with the client I had been using (leech ftp) and have never had an issue.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome FTP Client"

    February 13, 2012  |   By smokemup2

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1718

    Pros

    No problems. Solid. Easy to use. Free.

    Cons

    No cons to report!

    Summary

    I really enjoy this software. Good job!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Solid, dependable, works!"

    December 10, 2011  |   By fkeller9

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1718

    Pros

    Can transfer complex folders with single click. Dependable.

    Cons

    GUI not great but after I'm used to it - no prob. Occasionally it will stop working on XP or Win7 .. i download again and all is well. I have not figured yet how to save and use the backup of sites config but don't really need it.

    Summary

    I don't need fancy. It works. It's well worth the price (free). I've occasionally been told or felt it was failing. Occasional reinstall (on top of the old) fixes all. I don't need another FTP.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "An excellent FTP Client"

    October 31, 2011  |   By adinas

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1695

    Pros

    In general, quite stable, thought was put into how it works and has all the options you would need.
    It works well when you need to upload an entire directory structure with hundreds of files. Even if it is disconnected from the server or a file upload fails it will reconnect and continue. No need to babysit.
    It shows exactly which and how many files are left to transfer.
    It also lets you backup the sites you configured to a file so you can use it on other computers.

    Cons

    I think that if while doing transfer you try to change a directory it will start transferring the files to the wrong place, so don't start moving around in the middle of a batch transfer. Besides that glitch i didn't find anything wanting.

    Summary

    I personally have been using this app for at least a year or two and have used many other FTP programs in the past and this is the best I've used.

    Updated on Oct 31, 2011

    Just wanted to add that it could definitely use a dose of some artistic taste, the buttons and interface is pretty ugly. But that should in no way stop you from using this excellent program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple to use with minimum of fuss & its free."

    October 15, 2011  |   By kenbryce

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1695

    Pros

    It has easy to use actions without much difficulty in adding or updating website pages.

    Cons

    Have not experienced any real problems with the software package.

    Summary

    An ideal free software package for simple & straightforward web page applications.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent for uploading websites via FTP"

    September 17, 2011  |   By Margecam

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1692

    Pros

    I've used this program for years, once you take the time to learn how to set it up (took me all of 10 minutes), it's very simple to use.

    Cons

    None that I have found

    Summary

    What it looks like is pretty basic, but I don't need/want pretty or cool, I want functional, and this program does what it's supposed to do. Why someone would complain about looks of a program is beyond me. I would recommend this program to all. For being free, it is above the rest.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple easy to use FTP program."

    July 19, 2011  |   By TBMike

    Version: Core FTP LE 2.2 build 1687

    Pros

    This program does all I need to maintain 3 web sites. Simple to us and understand. Uncluttered design.

    Cons

    FTP log ins can be difficult to set up the first time. I have four but Core FTP remembers them once set up. Icons to do tasks could be better.

    Summary

    If you need an FTP file transfer program look no farther!

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