Best FTP Clients for Windows, Mac & Linux Users

Best FTP Clients For Windows, Mac & Linux Users

FTP clients are something that every Web Developer needs to use to upload to download files from the Web Server to Local System or vice-versa. If you are a beginner and want to know about FTP (File Transfer Protocol) in detail, I suggest you watch this video.

When it comes to FTP Clients, there are many FREE as well as PAID options available these days. Being a web developer, I’ve also used a lot of FTP Clients and according to my experience with these different tools, I’ve compiled this list of Top 5 FTP Clients for Windows and Mac Users.

A Good FTP client is decided by the following factors:

  • Reliability
  • Security
  • Ease of Use
  • Supported Protocols
  • Additional Features and Community

And I’ve also kept the above factors in my mind while compiling this list of Best FTP Clients.

1. FileZilla

FileZilla is probably the most popular FTP software available for all popular operating systems including Windows, Max, and Linux. It is also the favorite choice of most of the developers. The reason being its small size, simplicity, ease of use and pretty much nice user interface.


It supports all FTP protocols including FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). As already mentioned, it is cross-platform. It supports IPv6 and is available in many languages. One great feature of Filezilla is that you can pause and resume the transfer of very large files.

You get drag and drop support like most of the FTP clients in FileZilla. It supports remote file editing, directory comparison, filtering according to filenames, logging, synchronized directory browsing, keep-alive, and remote file search and more.

There is also a Pro version of FileZilla available which is basically for Cloud Storage Protocols.

  • Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux.
  • Price: FREE as well as a PAID option available.

2. WinSCP

WinSCP is a great FTP Client. For a newbie, the interface may sound a bit strange but very soon you will learn the things and will find it very powerful. The layout of WinSCP is quite a bit the same as FileZilla. You see the Local Files on the left and the file directory of the connected web server on the right-hand side of the window.

The following screenshot of WinSCP is provided at the official website.


You can play with the things exactly like FileZilla. It supports the simple FTP as well as FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

One of the biggest limitations, as suggested by the name of this tool, it is available only for the Microsoft Windows OS users only.

Some great features of WinSCP are the integrated text editor, you can perform all common operations with the files, it supports scripting and automation and it can be integrated with several other Windows applications also. It also has two modes of transfer namely the binary and text transfer modes. Encryption and command-line interface makes it a perfect FTP tool.

As mentioned on its official website, this FTP tool has been downloaded over 120 million times, which is just amazing.

  • Operating System: Windows
  • Price: FREE

3. CyberDuck

CyberDuck is another FTP Tool which is also very simple to use. Likewise, other FTP tools in this list, this tool also supports features of beginner level as well as advanced level. Cyberduck is also known for its simplicity. It is available for Windows Users and Mac Users.

The following image of CyberDuck can be found at the official website URL.


If you’re a Mac user, then you’ll love it because it supports some native integrations. Apart from just FTP, it also supports, SFTP and several other cloud-based protocols which includes Amazon S3, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft Azure, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.

It has security features like Filename encryption and file content encryption. You can choose to edit the file in any of your editors by setting it as default editor. Overall, it has got pretty much nice interface and some of the unexpected fabulous features too.

  • Operating System: Windows, Mac
  • Price: FREE

4. Free FTP

FreeFTP is a great FTP Client by CoffeeCup Software. It is available only for Windows Users. The user interface of Free FTP makes it different from other FTP Clients listed in this article. The following image of FREE FTP has been taken from its official website.

Free FTP

Like all other tools, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and a few more protocols are supported. Most of the great features are provided in its PAID version is available under the name, DirectFTP. It has features like built-in code editor, code auto-completion, Easy Archives, etc.

  • Operating System: Windows, Mac
  • Price: FREE and Full Version is PAID (Available for $39)

They offer a Trial of the Full Version.

5. Transmit

Transmit is the last but not the least in our list. It is available for Mac users only and it is also probably the most popular FTP Client for Mac users. Again being an only for Mac tool, it supports native integration with Mac. Again, FTP, SFTP, FTPS is supported and SSH is also an incredible feature. Transmit has also got a text-editor to make your editing tasks get done on the go.

The following image has been taken from official Transmit 5 website.


Transmit is also known for its Sync and Speed. Its UI has been redesigned. It has got security features like 2-factor login and NTLM & HTTP Digest authentication. It also has a few cloud protocol support.

  • Operating System: Windows, Mac
  • Price: FREE and Full Version is PAID (Available for $34)

So, these are the Best FTP Clients available these days. My personal favorite is Filezilla because of its simplicity and ease of use. Share this article with others who might find it helpful too. And if you have any questions or suggestions please let us know in the comments section. And I’d also like to ask you, your reviews about the various FTP tools and which tools apart from the listed ones, you find useful for your FTP tasks.

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