File Transfer Protocol or FTP on short is one of the most important functions available in Windows and all PC’s for that matter because thanks to them we are able to enjoy all kind of great media files, software applications and tons of benefits emerge from these.
Windows is quite FTP friendly (I talk about the Windows Explorer), but for people who want to use a more advanced tool of managing files and the transfer of files is highly recommended to use a FTP application to save time and also to do things in a more professional way. Most of them have a pretty similar user interface as you can see in the bellow screenshots, but there are quite some major differences explained so that you choose the one that fits your needs.
We all love free stuff and that’s why most of the ones in this list are free for download, but I couldn’t ignore some premium ones that really rule in this industry.
1. FileZilla – Free
The most popular free FTP application for Windows users. FileZilla is open source application under the terms of GNU General Public License. The application is cross-platform great for FTP, SFTP and FTPS uses and is also available for Mac users and Linux ones too. Their great team of developers are working pretty hard on releasing updates very frequently so FileZilla has little to no bugs making it one of the most stable FTP applications available for free.
Top FileZilla Features
- Easy and very fast
- Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
- HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
- Has remote file search
2. Total Commander – Free
A great Windows FTP Client pretty similar to Windows Explorer created to serve the purpose of moving, copying and sharing files from a PC to another PC or server or just for internet purposes. This is the successor of Windows commander with a much improved user interface and also with a more sophisticated version called Total Commander Power Pack.
Best Total Commander Features
- Two file windows side by side for easy browsing and transfer
- Thumbnail generator for images
- Zip, RAR, Z7 etc. archive package creator
- Multi Language and Unicode support
3. Coffee Cup Direct FTP – Paid
A very professional and probably the most user friendly user interface, but doesn’t mean that Coffee Cup Direct FTP isn’t an extremely fast FTP client. Actually, they even promote it to be a client which makes transfers at “don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it speeds”.
Top Direct FTP Features
- Supports Bookmarks for keeping track of uploads
- Secure transfers using SFTP over SSH, FTPS over TSL, and HTTPS
- Customizable Syntax for CSS, HTML, Python, ASP etc.
- Built-in preview for files
4. BitKinex – Free
FTP, SFTP and WebDAV client for Windows having tons of innovative features included in a simple yet very powerful user interface. It is based on a collection of features gathered from other popular FTP clients.
Top BitKinex Features
- Robust request handling
- Minimalist and fast
- Fast website navigation
5. WinSCP – Free
Yet another great open source free FTP and SFTP client also supports SCP and FTPS. It was mainly build for creating file transfers between a PC and a remote server, but it can also be used for file managing purposes too.
Top WinSCP Features
- Multi-language support
- Drag and Drop feature
- Explorer and commander features
- Stores Sessions info if needed
6. Core FTP – Free
The CoreFTP client places great importance on security because it is not just a simple FTP manager, but also a great tool for exchanging files from a server to another. It can provide fast, easy and highly reliable SSL, SSH, TSL file transfers.
Top CoreFTP Features
- Mode Z compression
- Automatic S/Key support
- Keep Alive functionality
7. Go FTP
There is no doubt when I say that Go FTP is the fastest FTP client out there because this great application focuses on performance rather than on looks. To be quite honest, Go FTP doesn’t have a sophisticated user interface, but it definitely can manage to do fast and secure file transfers for you.
Best Go FTP Features
- Fastest FTP Client available
- Very minimalist
- Secure SSH transfers
8. AceFTP – Free
Is a great drag and drop user interface that helps you to transfer files over the internet. It was mainly build for Windows XP having it’s standard look, but it works perfectly fine with the other versions of the OS. You can easily transfer files, navigate in your computer, the web or servers.
Top AceFTP Features
- Drag and Drop
- SSH secure file transfer
9. FTP Commander – Free & Paid
Great and minimalist FTP application which can ensure a great speed for file transfers. There are two versions of this great application – Free one which is called FTP Commander Deluxe and a paid one called FTP Commander Pro available at $29,95.
Top FTP Commander Features
- Restart and complete file transfer
- Keep FTP connections
- Synchronize directories
- Display hidden server directories
10. Smart FTP – Free
Terminal client which supports FTP, SFTP, SSH. It allows you to transfer files from your computer to servers across the web without having to deal with complicated processes offering safe and secure transfers.
Best Smart FTP Features
- FTP and FTPS (Secure FTP)
- Remote File editor
- Search for files and folders on the server
11. FTP Voyajer – Free
It is one of the greatest tools for web developers because most of it’s features are focusing on folder synchronization and rich features such as drag and drop or resuming interrupted downloads which can be quite useful in many cases.
Great FTP Voyage Features
- Transfer files directly between web servers
- Backup files locally and remotely
- Automate routine tasks with schedule
12. Cute FTP – Paid
Cute FTP is one of the leading software applications created for personal use and corporate being fast and secure when talking about the file transfers. They want to serve Corporate and Personal ones at a professional level and that’s why you will find out that Cute FTP is available in 4 packages with pretty different features – CuteFTP Home, CuteFTP Lite, CuteFTP Pro and they also have a version for MAC users called CuteFTP Pro Mac. All of the above include highly professional and secure file transfer, but based on case they can bring more ore less extra features.
Top Cute FTP Home Features
- SSL Security
- Advanced Search
- Concurrent Transfers