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).
Dropbox is a great Application that allow you to synchronize files between multiple computers and devices; One most important feature is that ‘it will always save a copy of your files on it’s own server, which you can access from its website’. So Dropbox is also good(probably the best) for backup purposes(Specifically if you are a programmer, working on a project then it is really very easy to share files and folders with drag/drop interface).I always keep a backup of my important wordpress critical files related to this blog.Dropbox provides 2GB space (with a bandwidth limit of 10GB/day) without any cost,for all users.
Dropbox for Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)
For Ubuntu 10.10/10.04(Lucid Lynx) users, a lot of other backup tools are available like luckybackup but Dropbox is something different(because luckybackup tool is specially useful for os backup,dropbox is best for file backup). Since Dropbox is also available for mobile devices so you can access your files(pictures,iTunes,mp3…) right from your pocket.
Now lets come to our point that how dropbox can be installed on Ubuntu 10.10. You can install dropbox either using APT or directly by downloading the nautilus-plugin that will provide an GUI layer for dropbox. The second one is the easier method for installing dropbox on Ubuntu 10.10 so better stick with it.
Installing Dropbox on Ubuntu 10.10
#1 : Download the dropbox installer(*.deb package) for Ubuntu 10.10 from its official website.
#2 : Then open the file(*.deb file that you have downloaded in the above step) with Ubuntu Software Center and click on install to begin the installation procedure.
#3 : Then Restart the Nautilus.
#4 : Click on start Dropbox.Then enter your dropbox account details. Open an Account if you don’t have any Dropbox account yet.
#5 : That’s All..Have Fun! Here is one screenshot of my dropbox folder –
Filezilla is one of the best application for transferring file from your computer to the server.Filezilla is a free FTP software which available for both client and server.Filezilla is open source and cross platform(available for windows,Mac,BSD and Linux based os like Ubuntu 10.10/10.04,Fedora,opensuse..).Filezilla Client version 3.4.0 beta1 was on last month(jan 2011).As a Ubuntu 10.10 users I would strongly recommend FileZilla for transferring file in web development purposes.
Features of FileZilla at a Glance
- It’s simple to use
- FileZilla supports FTP,FTPS(FTP over TLS/SSL) and SFTP(SSH File Transfer Protocol).
- support for IPv6(Internet Protocol version 6)
- available for Windows,Linux based OS,Mac and BSD.
- Remote File Editing
- Drag and Drop support
- it is available in many languages
- support for large files(Greater than 4GB)
- +many advanced features
Installing Filezilla(client) on Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)/10.04(Lucid Lynx)
#1 : Open Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package manager.
#2 : Search for ‘filezilla’ and click on install(in USC) or check the box(in SPM) and click on Apply.
#3 : Now wait for the installation to complete.
#4 : That’s All , you are Done! Go to Applications->Internet->Filezilla to start the application.
#5 : Now enter the server details – hostname(e.g. wxyz.com),username(e.g xxxxxxx) and password(e.g ******************) in QuickConnect Input Fields and click on QuickConnect.If everything ok,then the server’s directory will be listed successfully.Now save the connection details in site manager if you want to connect again to that server.
Have Fun with Filezilla!! Let me know if you have any problem with filezilla ,through comments.