Top 15+ Free Download/Upload Managers for Linux

by on September 16th, 2009


I can not ignore Linux users after posting FTP softwares for Windows and MAC. If MAC users are Pros then Linux users are Gurus. I have always a deep respect for Linux users. They are kind of self sufficient when it comes to OS and software. ftp is the old common standard file transfer tool from netkit. This is a basic thing installed on all Linux systems. Yet we have a list of other more powerful FTP clients and servers for Linux. Here are top Download/Upload managers or FTP clients for Linux.

FileZilla FTP

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.


NcFTP – NcFTP Client (also known as just NcFTP) is a set of FREE application programs implementing the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). The program has been in service on UNIX systems since 1991 and is a popular alternative to the standard FTP program, /usr/bin/ftp. NcFTP offers many ease-of-use and performance enhancements over the stock ftp client, and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms.


Curl is a command line tool that allows you to transfer files via FTP, SFTP, TFTP, FTPS, Telnet, DICT, FILE and LDAP, etc. You can also use the HTTP and HTTPS GET and PUT methods to download and upload files. It supports SSL, proxies, cookies, and user/password authentication. The tool is open source and supports Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, AIX, AmigaOS, BeOS, DOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, Midnight BSD, OpenBSD, MiNT, GNU-Darwin, HPUX, IRIX, Netware, Open Server, OS/2, QNX, RISC OS, Solaris, Syllable, Tru64 Unix, Unixware, VMS, etc. The program is released under an open source licence.



gFTP is a free multithreaded file transfer client for *NIX based machines. It has the following features:

  • Supports the FTP, FTPS (control connection only), HTTP, HTTPS, SSH and FSP protocols
  • FTP and HTTP proxy server support
  • Supports FXP file transfers (transferring files between 2 remote servers via FTP)
  • Supports UNIX, EPLF, Novell, MacOS, VMS, MVS and NT (DOS) style directory listings
  • Bookmarks menu to allow you to quickly connect to remote sites
  • Fully Internationalized.

Pure-FTPd is a free (BSD), secure, production-quality and standard-conformant FTP server. It doesn’t provide useless bells and whistles, but focuses on efficiency and ease of use. It provides simple answers to common needs, plus unique useful features for personal users as well as hosting providers.



kasablanca is a very user friendly ftp client for KDE. It supports fxp (direct ftp to ftp transfer), encryption using ssl/tls and can store bookmarks.



ftpcube is probably the best choice for a GUI ftp client. It features: Threaded browsing and multi-threaded downloading, site Management (bookmarks), remote directory caching and more.

GNU Midnight Commander (Console FTP)

MC is the best filemanager ever made and will probably rule the earth for years and years to come. When it comes to manageing files, MC does the job better than most alternatives.


yafc (Yet Another FTP Client) is a very good and feature-rich textbased ftp client for Linux.


C-Kermit is a secure, scriptable and flexible FTP client. Platform: Linux / Unix.


Cftp (the “Comfortable ftp”) is a small and efficient command-line program. It is known for its quickness and its intuitive and convenient keyboard commands. Platform: Linux / Unix.

GNU Wget

GNU Wget is a non-interactive command line tool, so it may easily be called from scripts, cron jobs, terminals without Xsupport, etc. Platform: Linux / Unix.


Lukemftp is a port of the NetBSD FTP client to other systems but with enhancements such as command-line editing, command-line fetches (including via proxies) and uploads, context-sensitive word completion, dynamic progress bar, and more. Platform: Linux / Unix.


XDIR and XFTP provide Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for transferring files and organizing directories. XDIR is the successor to XFTP, expanding the functionality from transfers between two hosts to transfers between a variety of local and remote hosts. Platform:


ProFTPD is a highly secure and configurable FTP daemon. Similar to the Apache web server on several aspects. Platform: Linux / Unix.

Ftpcopy and Ftpls

Unlike general FTP client programs, Ftpcopy FTP clients for Unix focus on simple and specific tasks. Ftpcopy copies files and directories form an FTP server. Ftpls generates directory listings, either in plain text or HTML. Platform: Linux, Open/Free/NetBSD.

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