FileZilla

FileZilla

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 523 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.9.0.3
File Size:
5.77MB
Date Added:
August 14, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
3,353,030
Downloads Last Week:
8,201
Product ranking:
#1 in FTP Software
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

FileZilla is a powerful, free file management tool for FTP access to your Web site's server. Containing numerous tools to help upload and download files between your local machine and the server on which your site is hosted, this is a reliable, intuitive tool for anyone in the Web development field.

Pros

Reliable and fast: FileZilla may be free, but it's a very stable program and offers reliable, accessible tools for anyone who needs to manage files via remote FTP connection. With your username and password you can quickly log in to the FTP server, move files, upload new files, and even edit files with programs on your local machine. All of this is done quickly, and the software didn't crash or hang like many other free tools have in our tests.

Feature rich: The most basic functions of FileZilla work well, but there are even more tools here for advanced users. From Manual Configurations to speed limit monitoring under the Transfer menu, FileZilla has a lot beneath the surface, if you plan on using it often.

Cons

Daunting for newcomers: As deep and reliably fast as FileZilla is, it can be confusing for someone who is not already familiar with FTP protocols. It can also be dangerous as the tool doesn't prompt you to create copies on the local account and doesn't have options for syncing different file versions. While it does check if you want to overwrite a file, there are many situations here in which mistakes can be made. Combined with a somewhat confusing interface, it can be daunting for less experienced users.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a solid, reliable FTP tool for your Windows desktop, consider FileZilla. Available for free and containing every major tool you could need to manage your files, FileZilla is a perfect addition to your toolbox, and with a number of more robust tools in the FileZilla library, it scales well for professionals.

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    4.3

    out of 523 votes

    • 5 star: 322
    • 4 star: 134
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 31
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  • 4 stars

    "Pretty easy to use"

    May 28, 2014   |   By mdblocher

    Version: FileZilla 3.8.0

    Pros

    I had used Wise-ftp before and the interface was somewhat similar so the learning curve was not steep. It worked as well as the other program had.

    Cons

    There was a bit of confusion in getting started. It asked for the host name. I thought that meant my ISP, but it wanted the name of domain I was updating.
    Setting the permissions on new files was not as intuitive as I would like, but a bit of trial and error taught me how to get the result I wanted.
    3/4 of the way through uploading, it started skipping files. I had set the rules to overwrite it the file was newer, but for some unknown reason that was changed. Went to the Filezilla forum and found a similiar complaint, with a clue that the overwrite rule was the cause. Changed the rule to always overwrite and got the rest of the update loaded without problems.

    Summary

    With any new software, one has to figure out how the program's logic differs from your own, and learn the new expected behavior to successfully use the program. This one is no different. And the price is right ;>)

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  • 1 stars

    "Garbage Mostly"

    May 11, 2014   |   By yariplus

    Version: FileZilla 3.8.0

    Pros

    Free
    Feature Rich

    Cons

    Overly complex setup
    Extremely verbose documentation
    'Updates' usually break installations
    Snobby support team

    Summary

    Great tool. But, I would not recommend it to anyone but a Professional Server Administrator. I don't want to be required to have a Doctorate in FTP. I just want to send a few files to my server.

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  • 1 stars

    "Loaded with adware"

    May 09, 2014   |   By CanadjunBeef

    Version: FileZilla 3.8.0

    Pros

    When you go to install, they do warn you that you are about to ALSO install a package of pop-up-displaying trashware that will cost you minutes if not hours to remove.

    Cons

    See above.

    Summary

    Avoid. Freeware usn't free if it hijacks your browser.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best (and it's free|)"

    April 24, 2014   |   By petert2005

    Version: FileZilla 3.8.0

    Pros

    It's free
    Generally easy to use
    Quick
    Remote file editing
    Bookmarks

    Cons

    None that I can currently think of

    Summary

    After trying demos of professional FTP programs someone recommended me filezilla they used it primarily because it was free and the fact it allowed remote file editing. I decide to try it and haven't looked back.

    It's generally easy to use at least for those familiar with FTP programs and seems quick. It has a bookmark system for connecting to your favourite servers and you can set it to go to a local folder in another window in the program to the right.

    It has lots of settings I've never touched but it appears to be feature rich.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good FTP Client but no encryption"

    March 17, 2014   |   By mircal

    Version: FileZilla 3.7.4.1

    Pros

    FileZilla is Fast and has a transferqueue

    Cons

    Passwords are not encrypted

    Summary

    I downloaded FZCrypt, wich does encryptions of all sensitive
    FTP Account data.

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  • 5 stars

    "Its good and works well"

    December 26, 2013   |   By himanshuvohra

    Version: FileZilla 3.7.3

    Pros

    good but some time skips some file dont know why

    Cons

    free and good

    Summary

    filezilla is good but an online client is always handy like http://quickftp.net it good and free

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  • 4 stars

    "FileZilla and plain-text passwords"

    December 03, 2013   |   By bizzeebeever

    Version: FileZilla 3.7.3

    Pros

    Filezilla does what it advertises: it is an FTP client which can handle multiple sessions and transfers.

    The default view, with directory trees for both local and remote folders, is a bit cluttered, but you can get rid of them by deselecting them in the View menu.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Summary

    For the person before me who blames FileZilla for his "cracked" server: the computer which contains FileZilla's plain-text password file has to be compromised FIRST in order for an attacker to read it. If someone hacked your server after stealing your password, it is *YOUR* fault for not having proper security on your personal computer, not FileZilla's. Well, to be more accurate, it's much more your fault than FileZilla's.

    The fact is, almost all modern *browsers* have issues with encrypting stored passwords (Firefox encrypts them, but then stores the encryption keys in the same folder *unless you use a master password*; Chrome doesn't encrypt passwords *at all*; IE uses encryption, but then makes the decryption routines available to anyone with access to Google...).

    In short... it seems a bit unfair to blame FileZilla for lax password security when most browsers have similar issues--and especially when the makers of Chrome, the most popular browser, *intentionally* do not bother with password storage encryption: http://www.scmagazine.com/chrome-saved-passwords-in-plain-text-not-a-flaw-according-to-google/article/306470/. Your first line of defense is YOU, and YOUR COMPUTER'S security settings.

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  • 1 stars

    "Stores passwords in plain text - HUGE security hole"

    November 02, 2013   |   By KringleClaus

    Version: FileZilla 3.7.3

    Pros

    I love Filezilla - have used it for years except...

    Cons

    Got a call from webhost that they were taking my site down due to malware that had been uploaded to it (this has happened twice now). Cannot prove it at this point, but the evidence points to Filezilla storing passwords in plain text that any @#$% can grab & use to upload malware to your site. I *really* hope I'm wrong that this simple oversight by Filezilla caused these problems. For more info, check their own support ticket: http://trac.filezilla-project.org/ticket/5530

    Summary



    Updated on Nov 4, 2013

    Don't believe me? Check this out: http://www.hackingarticles.in/how-to-hack-save-password-in-filezilla-of-remote-pc/

    As additional proof, I can also provide a malicious file that was uploaded to my server by a hacker -- just hope you can read Chinese!.

    Over 3 MILLION websites have been compromised because of this software. Do not become one of them!

    DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE UNTIL IT IS FIXED!

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  • 5 stars

    "Been using FileZilla since v2.0. Perfect for basic use."

    October 08, 2013   |   By Bubba_Gump

    Version: FileZilla 3.7.3

    Pros

    Biggest "Pro" of all: It's free. It's already a great easy-to-use program that handles basic-to-moderate FTP transfers with ease. Transfer files as simple as "drag n drop". Rename files as easily as if the files were on your local machine.

    Little to no overhead, so the program xfers files as fast as your connection allows.

    I love the ability to set default directories (both locally and on remote host) so when you connect, you don't have to go looking for your files.

    Cons

    Can't really name the cons because my own use has always been quite basic and never needed more advanced features.

    Summary

    Even the old versions worked with every version of Windows (even 64bit Win 7/8).

    A simple, easy-to-use File Transfer Protocol program for your PC, allowing you to download files from site archives that allow "anonymous" access (like Microsoft), or allows you to upload files to sites you have access to (like your own website/blog.)

    Mimics the standard Windows file explorer interface in ease-of-use so there's almost no learning curve for basic use.

    More advanced functions/features are there for those who need them.

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  • 5 stars

    "I use no other ftp client, this one is best!"

    August 19, 2013   |   By Eugenens4512

    Version: FileZilla 3.7.3

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    No complaints from me

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