Best FTP/sFTP Client for Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client is a must have software for most of the web developers or webmaster. Web Masters using GNU/Linux based operating systems such as Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc often manages their web servers without any graphical or C-panel like interface, rather they use SSH (Secure Shell). FTP comes in handy in both of the cases – it doesn’t only upload files to remote servers but can do a lot of other things such as Deleting a File, Changing File Permission, editing/saving file directly, in an easy way.

FileZilla – The Best FTP Client for Ubuntu


Filezilla is the most popular cross-platform FTP Client. It is a sophisticated FTP Client with simple and easy to use GUI. The program has been written in C++. The most useful features are –

  • supports FTP, FTPS (FTP over TLS/SSL) and SSH (SFTP)
  • IPv6 support
  • available in 20+ language
  • Drag and Drop
  • Site Manager and Bookmarks
  • Supports large files (4GB+) with resume option
  • Multiple connections tabbed in one window
  • Remote File editing

Refer to official site for all features.

How to install FileZilla on Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 LTS

Open a terminal and type (or you could search in Software Center) –

sudo apt-get install filezilla

Now, you can open the FileZilla and you will get a window like this –


Adding a New Site/Host in FileZilla


Click on Site Manager Icon (Top Left corner) -> New site and add the FTP/SSH account details such as host name, port (leave it default/empty if you are not sure), FTP or sFTP (Recommended, because it is more secure, but it may be little slower).

  • Vale

    Very good!!! Very friendly!!! SO FRIENDLY that allow to anyone to see the userid and password accessing the XML files! I stopped to use it!

  • Jason Pascoe

    doesnt allow you to specify a private key you wan to use to connect instead of password

    • Jouni Järvinen

      That’s true for the part of having to specify a library of keys which FZ tries in the order. The shit part is that FZ doesn’t support passworded keys.

  • Jouni Järvinen

    FZ is awesome, but it doesn’t support passworded keys, requiring to use passwordless, which is security issue. Therefore I use WinSCP when I have to use SFTP.

  • Nodws

    FZ is a MESS, rather use nautilus

    • rautamiekka

      The only thing that can mean is you’ve never even tried to configure the thing. Granted, it’s a mess when you’ve not, but after …

  • Lucian

    Filezilla is the best option for beginers. However the are other options for advanced/heavy users.

    • Jouni Järvinen

      And what can that be ? I’d love to know what can be better than FileZilla, or especially WinSCP.

      • Lucian

        For example, gftp.

        • Jouni Järvinen

          That may be true, but gFTP is Linux-only, or NIX-only.

          • Lucian

            Yes, but according to the blog post title, the discussion thread is about ftp clients on ubuntu. Before I switched to linux, I used flashfxp and it was great, but it was paid. Has a better interface. When I stopped paying for flashfxp I have been using Total Commander.

          • Jouni Järvinen

            Would prefer a cross-platform client instead, but better to use multiple clients if they’re the best available for the platform, and not commercial.