25+ Top Free FTP and Download/Upload Managers for Windows

by on September 15th, 2009


FTP manager is need of every web developer which facilitates upload/download files from PC to remote host in a number of ways. While there are expensive FTP managers available in the market, I have compiled a list of absolutely free best FTP managers around that will do all the tasks which commercial FTP software would do.

FILEZILLA – FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. Features include: Easy to use, Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more, IPv6 support, Available in mny languages, Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB, Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue, Bookmarks, Drag & drop support, Configurable transfer speed limits, Filename filters, Directory comparison, Network configuration wizard, Remote file editing, Keep-alive, HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support, Logging to file, Synchronized directory browsing, Remote file search and more.

SMART FTP – SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced Features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.

FREE FTP – FreeFTP is a Windows FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. Features include: Web site publishing and maintenance, upload and download of images, documents, movie and music files, create and delete directories, rename files, activate multiple downloads, keep a session log, share your files with your friends and coworkers, backups of local or remote files and more.

WS FTP Limited Edition – WS_FTP LE is the limited edition version of WS_FTP Pro, available for free for non-business home users. WS_FTP LE has an easy-to-use graphical interface and advanced features. It contains profiles that can be set up to toggle among commonly visited FTP sites, a default transfer-mode option in session parameters, auto re-get, prompts for file overwrites, and for preserving file date and time, and support for firewall and host types.

AUTO FTP – AutoFTP Pro FREE is an automated ftp client software for transferring files over the Internet. You can schedule auto-recurring transfers for any future date/time. AutoFTP can automatically dial, connect to the Internet, upload and/or download files and finally disconnect. AutoFTP can remain invisible while transferring files so it will not disturb your other work.

WAR FTP – War FTP Daemon is an FTP server that brings together Unix-style security features, a BBS-like Windows interface for the system operator, extreme flexibility, Windows 95/NT 4.0 OLE support, multithreading design, and advanced software technology and performance.

WinTel32 FTP – An internet file transfer client for Windows 95/98, NT or later with following features: Multithreaded file upload and download (32 bit). Drag and drop links from your favorite internet browser to download and more. Drag and drop files from File Manager/Windows Explorer to upload. Schedule your downloads/uploads. Auto Resume feature for interrupted downloads both for HTTP and FTP protocols. Keep log of your downloads/uploads. Support for FTP and HTTP protocols for downloads and uploads.

FUN FTP – Fun ftp is an ftp program that supports multiple languages and skins.

RIGHT FTP – RightFTP is a free FTP client for Windows with wide range of features. It is easy to use for beginners and has enough features to meet the requirements of power users . There RightFTP features include multi-threaded data transfer, firewall support, ability to change remote file/directory attributes, passive data transfer and more.

CORE FTP – This free, secure FTP client gives you a fast, easy, reliable way to update and maintain your website via FTP. It also provides a secure method (via SSL, TLS, or SFTP) to upload / download files to and from FTP servers. You’ll find almost every feature you need, all in a free ftp program. There are no popup ads, advertising or spyware and you’re never asked or reminded to register.

JFTP – JFTP is written entirely in Java. Graphical FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client application for transferring files between your PC and an FTP site. Requires JVM installed on your computer. It supports FTP using its own FTP API and various other protocols like SMB, SFTP, NFS, HTTP, and file I/O using third party APIs, includes many advanced features such as recursive directory up/download, browsing FTP servers while transferring files, FTP resuming and queueing, browsing the LAN for Windows shares, and more.

BLADE FTP – It allows you to browse several FTP sites at the same time, you can also create a task and add files into it, the task can execute automatically, it makes updating and backups very easy. Another new feature is ‘History Management’, it can record the detail of uploading and downloading every time, when you are going to update your web site, you can re-execute the history also.

RCFTP – With rcFTP you can rightclick on any file in your Windows Explorer, and choose Send To – Upload with rcFTP. It works fast and easy, without the need of a full blown FTP client. It supports multiple file selections. It’s the easiest way of uploading files from your computer to an FTP server.

WINSCP – WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

ACEFTP 3 – Visicom Media’s AceFTP 3 Freeware is the easiest-to-use free FTP client software available for transferring files over the Internet. Its cool, uncluttered drag-and-drop interface, designed in a Windows XP fashion, lets you transfer files quickly and efficiently and navigate with ease between folders, both on web sites and on your computer. This robust, free FTP software is a high-speed FTP program. It enables you to perform multiple file transfers simultaneously. Simply put, it beats many paid-for FTP client software products hands down.

CROSS FTP – CrossFTP is a versatile, reliable, user friendly GUI FTP client for multiple-platforms which offers all functionality for general FTP tasks.

STAFF FTP – Staff FTP is an advanced FTP client. This software uses the common FTP protocol to upload or download files from/to the internet. Everyone who manages FTP accounts over the “site-command” will love this program. Nearly all is configurable (either over a menu or by editing commands.ini-file).

RED DRIVE FILE TRANSFER – Red Drive is a free file transfer extension that integrates with your Windows Explorer environment allowing you to drag, drop, open and edit files on remote servers without launching a separate file transfer client. Red Drive supports various file transfer protocols including FTP, FTPS (FTP over SSL), SFTP (FTP over SSH) and WebDAV.

ALFTP – The convenient Client Explorer and Server Explorer in ALFTP have easy to use “tree views” so you can browse, move, and transfer files on FTP servers just like you already do on your own PC. Free for non-commercial use.

M2FTP – m2ftp is a software which is used to establish a connection to an FTP-server. m2ftp can be used to easily up and download as well as administer data files and directories, without users having to know the functionalities of FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Free for non-commercial use.

FTP WANDERER – FTP Wanderer is a multithreaded FTP client with the look and feel of Windows Explorer, and makes moving files between the Internet and your computer as simple as local file manipulation.

Any Client – AnyClient is a free platform independent file transfer application that supports all major file transfer protocols including FTP/S, SFTP and WebDAV/S. AnyClient is available both as a web based service requiring no software installation, and as a downloadable application that you can install locally.

CoffeeCup – CoffeeCup Free FTP is a simplified, intuitive, and best of all free FTP client! It uploads and downloads files quickly and reliably, keeps your FTP server settings in one place, and allows you to pause or cancel transfers. Make CoffeeCup Free FTP your choice for a no-cost, highly effective tool to complement your Webmaster suite.

FireFTP (Firefox Add-on) – FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

Tunnelier – Tunnelier is our SSH and SFTP client for Windows which incorporates: advanced graphical SFTP clients, state-of-the-art terminal emulation, corporation-wide single sign-on using SSPI (GSSAPI) Kerberos 5 and NTLM user authentication, as well as Kerberos 5 host authentication, support for RSA and DSA public key authentication, powerful SSH port forwarding capabilities, command-line remote execution client, FTP-to-SFTP bridge, WinSSHD remote administration and more.

FTP Commander Free – FTP Commander is simple and easy to use ftp client. It’s really the bare minimum with no extra frills or thrills. It offers a no-nonsense interface consisting of two side-by-side local computer and FTP server panels. The latter contains a list of about a dozen pre-set FTP servers. It’s easy as pie to establish a connection. All you have to do is select the server you want on the list and push the Connect button. Pre-configuring a list of most frequently accessed servers will make your life even easier. An application also enables users to execute two-way file exchanges and activate multiple downloads. The program is free for personal, educational and non-commercial use and does not contain any annoying ad banners.

LeechFTP – LeechFTP is a wonderful absolutely free all in one FTP client for Windows PC used to upload or download files from a remote FTP server.

NcFTP – NcFTP Client (also known as just NcFTP) is a set of FREE application programs implementing the File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

What is your favorite free FTP manager? Which FTP manager here, you vote for best?

One Review

  1. Colin Woodrow says:

    Thanks for the great list. As an addition to this I would suggest SMEStorage. I’m often on the road and like to ensure that my FTP directories are backed up and for clients I need access to file on the FTP directory and I often have to use machines that are not my own. I use SMEStorage to be able to backup private FTP directories to a storage cloud (in my case this is Google email – SMEStorage supports this and it’s cheaper than S3 !). I can also edit files live from the FTP site in a rich web editor or code editor, my choice – it will never replace the FTP client I have on my laptop (and I use WS_FTP Pro) but it is a really useful addition to the way you can work with FTP files