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FileZilla Portable

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FileZilla Portable is a handy and free file transfer protocol (FTP) client, something that's been available in many forms since the earliest days of the Internet. What's different about FileZilla Portable is the "portable" part; unlike other FTP clients, the whole program is totally portable. You can install it on a USB flash drive, insert the drive in any computer, and use FileZilla without installing anything else and without leaving any personal information behind.

FileZilla Portable (formerly Portable FileZilla) is, as the name suggests, a portable version of the well-known FileZilla FTP client. It's one of many free portable versions of popular open-source applications developed and published by PortableApps, which also offers portable versions of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser and the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite. Portable applications are big fun in small packages, and we're big fans here at the testing lab; we're fans of open-source code and freeware, too. But FileZilla Portable, like other PortableApps freeware, is particularly nice, with a well-designed graphical user interface that's a welcome departure from the starkness of most portable software. It installs easily on your USB drive, iPod, external hard drive, or any portable storage device, or you can run it from a CD. It works as well as the full-size FileZilla, but it goes everywhere and leaves no trace.

FileZilla Portable is free, and it works well in both Windows Vista and 7. Try it; you'll like it. Give some of PortableApp's other cool tools a try, too.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great FTP program"

    July 16, 2013  |   By DexterHaven-CK

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.7.1.1

    Pros

    Easy set up. Installed on thumb drive, ran it, and was downloading in less than two minutes. Super easy to use.

    The caveat is you have to have a basic understanding of FTP. Really basic. There is also help. And if you really don't have a clue as to what you are doing, try using a search engine and read about using FTP.

    Cons

    I have not found any yet.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Favorite of all FTP proggy's"

    June 29, 2013  |   By DaDreamWizard

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.7.1

    Pros

    Does what it should fairly easily. Being familiar with the way ftp programs work is always a plus, and there's no choice but to learn. But it's simple to use. As functional as the one's that cost dollars and it just seems cleaner, less cluttered.

    Cons

    none really - first time I ever installed was up and running and retrieving within 5 minutes. No Fumbels McGee menu's or confusion.

    Summary

    Had 75% of the ftp programs over the years. And I just took a liking to this and it didn't cost a dime.

    Oh there's ftp programs that have that super compact look - nice yes. But they're involved, I'd even go to say confusing at times.

    Bottom line, it works nicely to say the least. And if your new to this, if I were you I'd go with this. If this were the first ftp app I'd ever had I'd have avoided way to many love/hate relationships with other software.

    Updated on Jun 29, 2013

    note: I just changed over to using portable versions when feasible. Hence this review goes for both the installer version and portable versions.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best Choice For Windows 8"

    December 30, 2012  |   By Mike98

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.6.2

    Pros

    Easy to install. No problem(s) and no error(s). Works excellent. I was sceptical about FileZilla Portable, because I used FileZilla with often connection broken and program hanging when I was uploading files to the server with Windows XP. FileZilla remembers which folder you were using when uploading last.

    Cons

    There are no cons.

    Summary

    FileZilla Portable is very clean and I think the writer omitted the flwas of FileZilla in FileZilla Portable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best I have seen."

    January 3, 2012  |   By jbalboa

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.5.2

    Pros

    It's better than "IPswitch's WS_FTP Pro."
    You can drag and drop within the host server.
    It's very robus.
    It's PORTABLE, so you can run it from a USB flash drive in any PC.
    And best of all . . . IT'S FREE.

    Cons

    None . . . It's perfect.

    Summary

    I have used the professional stuff and let me tell you, this FileZilla does a better job and it's free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Filezilla does everything I need"

    December 4, 2011  |   By BGreenTruck

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.5.2

    Pros

    Simple and effective... and our favorate..FREE!!!

    Cons

    You have to learn to use it.. not a big deal though most hosts will walk you through it. Godaddy.com walked me through the process. I had a site for a year. And plan to make a new one soon

    Summary

    This program is awesome, it did everything I wanted it to do. I just had to write my page and create/gather my pictures. I am computer illerate and still was able to make a site... If I can do it anybody can.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple front end to FTP"

    August 9, 2011  |   By pcarling

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.5

    Pros

    easy to use - even from a memory stick
    clear presentation of information

    Cons

    None - other than the silly name.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just the greatest and portable to boot"

    June 12, 2011  |   By loaus

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.5

    Pros

    It fits so easily on a travel drive and can be taken anywhere and used on any windows based computer.

    Cons

    none known

    Summary

    I use various computers at various locations and have the need to use one single FTP program to upload and download code from my websites. This program does the trick.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great and not a memory hog!!!!"

    May 16, 2011  |   By Nova31826

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.4

    Pros

    Portable and east to install and use. This is the ideal FTP client for average Webmaster.

    Cons

    None so far...A+++

    Summary

    This is very reliable and tranfers without error. I use windows 7 and this prog works flawless for me. thumbs up+++

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pffffftt!!!!"

    April 10, 2011  |   By skeptic1st

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.4

    Pros

    It's easy to install.

    Cons

    Another empty hole with no direction signs.

    Summary

    You'd think by now that somebody would have figured out how to communicate simple things to normal minds, but this software proves that's still an illusion.

    What's so hard about having labels like "move/copy from" and "move/copy to?"

    Oh, nooooooooooooooooooo! That would never do! Let 'em figure it out--it's free, f*** 'em!

    I have not been impressed with any of the products from this company. They are drastically over-rated and over-hyped.

    This is a pure dog.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A Good FTP utility"

    April 7, 2011  |   By elvidgeg

    Version: FileZilla Portable 3.4

    Pros

    FileZilla Portable works great, is free. Both the portable and the installed version are worth keeping.

    Cons

    Nothing much, it is always improving.

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