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).

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  1. 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!

    1. 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 …

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

          1. 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.

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