What FTP program do you use?

Over the years I’ve tried CuteFTP, BulletProof FTP, SmartFTP, Panic’s Transmit, and WS FTP. Despite this list (plus a few others) I’ve never found one I really like. What are you using?

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

33 replies on “What FTP program do you use?”

I use IE, actually. I’ve used CuteFTP, BulletProof FTP, and some other ones, but really all I need to do is put file A on server B. It also helps me remember where IE is, incase I want to check for Windows updates.

I really only use FTP for downloading things, and then usually in a browser or with wget(1). I don’t remember the last time I actually fired up ftp(1) with the intent to upload. Then again, I don’t remember the last system I used which allowed non-anonymous FTP; it’s just too great a security risk.

I’ve tried CuteFTP years ago, and had a difficult time trying to figure out the interface at first. My preference is WS_FTP Pro. It’s pretty straight foward in it’s approach.

On Windows I use WebDrive which I find to be super easy to use despite having to dish out a little dough.

It allows you to “map” and FTP server as though it’s a drive. All you have to do is save the file “locally” and it’s uploaded to your server for you.

On Mac I use Fetch. It’s alright but nothing special.

I have been a graphic designer for 25 years and a Mac user since the MacPlus back in 1988. Since I started using OSX I have been Cyberduck. I have used Fetch over the years but I find Cyberduck a wonderful program. Stable, easy to use and free.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Best Regards


I’ve always been a fan of WS_FTP Pro but it’s never been something I’ve ooh’d or aah’d over. I wish I could find one that had that effect!

We’ve used YummyFTP (dumb name, great program) for some time at work. It has great file management and integrates nicley with BBEdit, SubEtha Edit, TextWrangler, etc…

it’s the most similar to windows explorer (filezilla and ws_ftp are ugly and have some drag&drop issues)
doesn’t hang like IE does on some big files for me
it’s really not much different from cuteFTP
and the nag screen has never bothered me

Transport on the Mac was wonderful, Now that I’m on a PC most of the time, I use Dreamweavers built in File Manager, and Explorer when I just need to put/get a quick file or two.

FireFTP extension for Firefox, anywhere.

On my linux machine, I don’t use a client, per se — Ubuntu Linux has built-in FTP support for the file manager.

On windows machines, I often use the ftp command in the DOS window. Fast and simple.

On windows, just the basic DOS command, and linux ditto the basic shell command. What more do you need really? All you gain from a GUI is a progress bar, but ‘hash’ marking is useful enough.

I’m on a Mac, and nothing is nearly as good as Cyberduck. The best part is that it supports double-clicking on a file to bring it into a text editor of your choice, and then once you save your copy, it immediately uploads it. It also supports SFTP to boot!

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